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Capt. Ian Farquhar 1945-2024

Captain Ian Farquhar LVO, one of the most prominent huntsmen and hound breeders of his generation, passed away peacefully at home on 6th March 2024.

Born in Dorset in 1945 to a hunting family, he was educated at Ludgrove and then went on to Eton.

He was commissioned into the Queen’s Own Hussars, serving in the UK, Middle East, Aden and the Far East. In 1971, he became an equerry to HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, a post he held for two years.

Ian left the army in 1973 to become master and huntsman of the Bicester with Warden Hill, hunting their hounds for 12 seasons. In 1985, Ian was invited to become joint-master and huntsman of the Duke of Beaufort’s Hunt, hunting hounds four days a week until 2010 when he retired as huntsman, remaining a joint-master until 2019.


A renowned breeder of foxhounds the Beaufort bloodlines continue to have a positive impact on many packs worldwide. In 2006, a Beaufort doghound Bombardier ’04 won a record sixth consecutive championship at the Peterborough beating Buckshot ’98 from the Bicester.

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