Friday, 4 March 2016

Gamekeepers




The Gamekeeper usually had a cottage on a big estate and it was his job to breed and protect the game.  He had to be sure there was always enough game for the lord of the castle or manor and the people who worked on the estate.  He was also charged with keeping poachers away.

Today some old estates are open to shooting groups and a gamekeeper manages the operation, keeping a good amount of deer, partridge, and other game stocked on the property.

You will find names of persons appointed Gamekeeper in the Quarter Session reports, like this one from 1889...



This is from the Quarter Sessions Records Volume 8 of 1890


You may also find gamekeeper appointments in Newspapers.




Relevant Links


Quarter Sessions Record for York, Volume 8 - 1890

Quarter Sessions Record = various (check index at back)

Game Certificates taken out in Ireland, 1854-1858; number of prosecutions for shooting game without licence

Game Certificates taken out in Ireland, 1862-1864; number of prosecutions for shooting game without licence

Gamekeeper's Directory: containing instructions for the preservation of game and prevention of poaching 1851

Game Duty Lists, Gentlemen's and Gamekeepers' Certificates, 1785-1799

Game Duty Lists, Gentlemen's and Gamekeepers' Certificates, 1800-1852

General Game Certificate, for the year 1851 - example

National Gamekeepers Association

Scottish Gamekeepers Association

Devon Gamekeeper List from newspapers 1800-1859

Devon Gamekeeper List transcribed from the North Devon Journal 1847-1859

Devon Gamekeeper List transcribed from the Western Times 1834-1860

Devon Gamekeeper List - Western Times 1848 - pdf

Finding Gamekeeper Ancestors

A day in the life of a Modern Day Gamekeeper








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