The Eighth Duke of Beaufort and the Badminton Hunt: With a Sketch of the Rise of the Somerset Family

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A. Constable and Company, Limited, 1901 - Badminton hunt - 290 pages
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Page 56 - and provided for in his large expanded house. He bred all his horses, which came to the husbandry first colts, and from thence, as they were fit, were taken into his equipage : and, as by age or accident they grew unfit for that service, they were returned to the place from whence they came and there expired ; except what, for plenty or unfitness, were sold or disposed of.
Page 61 - As for the duke and duchess, and their friends, there was no time of the day without diversion. Breakfast in her gallery, that opened into the gardens ; then perhaps a deer was to be killed, or the gardens and parks, with the several sorts of deer, to be visited; and if it required mounting, horses of the duke's were brought for all the company.
Page 59 - ... returned to the place from whence they came, and there expired ; except what, for plenty or unfitness, were sold or disposed of. He had about two hundred persons in his family, all provided for, and, in his capital house, nine original tables covered every day : and, for the accommodation of so many, a large hall was built, with a sort of alcove at one end, for distinction ; but yet the whole lay in the view of him that was chief, who had power to do what was proper for keeping order amongst...
Page 18 - Beauforts, and of her f grandfather's kin, by the mother, which the queen could never forget, especially where there was an incurrence of old blood, with fidelity, a mixture which ever sorted with the queen's nature; and tho...
Page 29 - ... at length brought them over a high bridge that arched over the moat that was between the castle and the great tower, wherein the Lord Herbert had lately contrived certain water-works, which when the several engines and wheels were to be set a-going, much quantity of water through the hollow conveyances of aqueducts were to be let down from the top of the high tower...
Page 60 - ... and answer if leave had been given or not; if not, such servant was straight turned away. No fault of order was passed by; for it may be concluded there are enough of them that pass undiscovered. All the provisions of the family came from foreign parts as merchandise. Soap and candle were made in the house ; so likewise the malt was ground there; and all the drink, that came to the duke's table, was of malt sun-dried upon the leads of his house. Those ' are large, and the lanthorn is in the centre...
Page 30 - There was such a roaring, that the poor silly men stood so amazed as if they had been half dead: and yet they saw nothing. At last, as the plot was laid, up comes a man staring and running, crying out before he came at them, ' Look to yourselves, my masters, for the lions are got loose.
Page 39 - AUGUST, the officers, gentlemen, and soldiers, of the garrison, with all other persons therein, shall march out of the said garrison with their horses and arms, with colours flying, drums beating, trumpets sounding, matches lighted at both ends, bullets in their mouths, and every soldier with twelve charges of powder...
Page 61 - The meats were very neat, and not gross ; no servants in livery attended, but those called gentlemen only ; and, in the several kinds, even down to the small beer, nothing could be more choice than the table was. It was an oblong, and not an oval; and the duchess, with two daughters only, sat at the upper end. If the gentlemen chose a glass of wine, the civil offers were made either to go down into the vaults, which were very large and sumptuous, or servants, at a sign given, attended with salvers,...
Page 60 - Ami with all this menagery and provision, no one, that comes and goes for visits, or affairs with the duke, (who was lord-lieutenant of four or five counties, and Lord President of Wales,) that could observe any thing more to do there than in any other nobleman's house; so little of vain ostentation was to be seen there.

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