John Peel was a Cumberland farmer and expert hunter who kept a pack of fox hounds ready for the hunt. He hunted in the Lake district where the hounds were followed on foot…not on horseback. He died in 1854, at the age of 78, on the hunting field and is buried at Caldbeck. A ballad was written by John Woodcock Graves, a fellow Cumbrian and good friend. It goes like this: "John Peel D’ye ken John Peel with his coat so gay, D’ye ken John Peel at the break of day, D’ye ken John Peel when he’s far away, With his hounds and his horn in the morning, For the sound of his horn brought me from my bed And the cry of his hounds which he oft times led, Peel’s ‘view hullo’ would awaken the dead or the fox from his lair in the morning. Yes I ken John Peel and Ruby too Ranter and Ringwood and Bellman and True, From a find to a check, from a check to a view From a view to a death in the morning Then here’s to John Peel with my heart and soul Lets drink to his health, let’s finish the bowl, We’ll follow John Peel through fair and through foul If we want a good hunt in the morning." Laws have recently brought the era of the traditional fox hunt to a close as it was considered inhumane by animal lovers.
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