Hon. Secretary  Miss Phillippa White  M: 07973 877370  


Hunt History


The Grafton Hunt was named after its founder the Duke of Grafton.  With the exception of a brief interlude from 1842-1861 when  hounds passed into the hands of a relative, Lord Southampton,  the name of the pack has remained unchanged.  The 7th Duke gave the hounds to the country and they are now owned by trustees. The bloodlines of the present pack can be traced back to the original hounds.

The Grafton country lies predominantly in Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire and stretches from Daventry in the north to Buckingham in the south with large blocks of woodland to the south and east. It is mixed arable and grassland, well fenced with thorn hedges, post-and-rails and a variety of  hunt jumps.

The Grafton has had many famous huntsmen including Frank Beers (1862-90), Will Freeman (1922-28), Will Pope (1828-53), Joe Miller (1954-72) and Tom Normington (1972-1994). The current huntsman is Mick Wills (1995) who is now in his 20th season.


Recent Past Masters

Former Master Mrs Anne Hawkins
Mrs Anne Hawkins   


Lt-Col N P Foster 1950-1977
Capt R H Hawkins 1954-1955 and 1961-1984
L Connell 1970-1972
Mrs A Hawkins 1978-1984
A I Jackson 1982-1984
R H F Ward 1976-1986
Col E T Smyth-Osbourne 1984-1987
H C Russell 1984-1992
Sir M Connell 1973-1995
Mrs E T Smyth-Osbourne 1987-1995
T B Brown 1987-1996
Mrs J M Shepherd-Cross 1994-1997
D F Sansome 1996 -1998
L A Garfield 1995-2000
J H Busby 1987-2001
Mrs T W Jackson-Stops 1999-2002
G Beyts 2000-2004
Mrs J Linnell 2002 -2008
C W Richmond-Watson 1998-2012
Mrs P S Hastie MRCVS 2001-2007 and 2008-2012
J Tomkinson 2007-2013
P Cowley 2012-2017
  Tom Normington

Recent Past Huntsmen


Will Pope 1928-1953
Joe Miller 1954-1972
Tom Normington 1972-1995
Previous Masters and Huntsmens can be viewed on Baily's Hunting Directory

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