Irish Wolfhound Times
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Mrs Mary Beynon
Bournstream Irish Wolfhounds
(By Steve Tillotson, June 2017)
BEYNON FAMILY AND INDIA
Mrs Mary Beynon stated that she was living in India in 1897. We have learnt that Mr Norman Beynon (Brigadier General Henry Lawrence Norman Beynon) and his family had a long standing association with India. Norman Beynon was a God-son of Colonel Beynon who was deployed in Hydrabad, India. Below is a photo with Mr Beynon's God-father along with the Prince Of Wales on a tiger shoot in India in 1922. Colonel Beynon is in the centre on the front row.
Mrs Beynon first owned an Irish Wolfhound given to her by Col Ley in 1897 while living in India. KC Gazette records show that Mary owned "Mistress Biddy" (Donni x Ivo Bridget) which whelped 20 Dec 1910 and was bred by Col Ley. Ownership of Mistress Biddy was transferred to Mary in February 1915).
Norman Beynon's God-father, India 1922
BOURNSTREAM SEALYHAM TERRIERS
Mary Beynon and H M Durand were active in Sealyham Terriers before they combined resources at Bournstream Irish Wolhounds. They co-bred a litter of Sealyhams in 1915 which they exhibited at Crufts in 1916. The Crufts catalogue for 1916 gives the following exhibitor details - "Durand Colonel H.M. and Benyon Mrs M.J, Bournstream, Wooton Under Edge". We understand that H M Durand and Mary Beynon were cousins. H M Durand is variously referred to as "Major" or "Colonel". We are able to clarify this inconsistency - both titles are correct. Upon retirement H M Durand's formal military rank and title was Major, Brevit Lt-Colonel, H M Durand, (latterly of the 9th Lancers).
Bournstream Sealyham Terriers
BOURNSTREAM IRISH WOLFHOUNDS, UK BEGINNINGS
The Kennel Gazette for February 1916 records that Mary registered two hounds - Bournstream Tiger, d, (Major P. Shewell's Lindley Hector x Mr. Booty's Ardeley Elizabeth, whelped June 30, 1915), and Bournstream Freda, b, (Mr. T. Hamilton Adams's Ivo Dennis x Mr. T. Hamilton Adams's Ivo Feldath whelped June 17, 1914). We find no records indicating these hounds were bred from. In 1917 Mary was living in the village of Bournestream, Gloucestershire, (hence the kennel name) and she acquired the dog Bournstream Faugh-a-Ballagh (Felixstowe Navan x Cheevra) bred by Isaac Everett (Felixstowe) which whelped on 5th June 1916, and the bitch Bournstream Biddy (Lindley Major x Arbury) which whelped October 5, 1917 and are the kennels foundation breeding pair.
BEYNON FAMILY AND H.M. DURAND IN AFRICA
In 1920 Mrs Beynon and her family and foundation hounds moved to Kenya, Africa. (The British Colony and Protectorate of Kenya was part of the British Empire in Africa from 1920 until 1963. It was established when the former East Africa Protectorate was transformed into a British Crown colony in 1920. After the end of WWI (1918) many ex officers of the British Military sought new challenges. The Britrish Government encouraged people to move to Kenya as settlers and establish farms on land reserved for this purpose. Many military familes found this prospect attractive.) . One such family was Mary and Norman Beynon. They were joined by their extended family member/friend - Major, Brevit Lt- Colonel, H M Durand who was a permanent house guest at the Beynon's farm and very much involved with the Bournstream Irish Wolfhounds. (H M Durand had been to Africa previously, he was posted there as a 2nd Lieutenent in 1899 and was wounded in 1900 during the Boer War conflict known as the "Relief Of Kimberley". H M Durand was temporarily sent back to England in 1901 to recover from his war wounds, after which he resumed his military service and later, retired with the rank of Major, Brevit Lt- Colonel.
The September 29, 1923 edition of "The Official Gazette, Electoral Area No 9 Kenya, page 779" lists the Beynons and H M Durand as follows -
Brig General Henry Lawrence Norman Beynon "Farmer, P.O. Rumuruti.
Mrs Beynon listed as "Married Woman, Nyeri"
Colonel Durand listed as "Settler, P.O. Nyeri".
BOURNSTREAM IRISH WOLFHOUNDS AFRICA
In her new home in Kenya, Mary Beynon bred her first litter of Irish Wolfhounds from her foundation breeding pair (Bournstream Faugh-a-Ballagh and Bournstream Biddy). The litter whelped February 12th 1921. We are aware of 1 bitch and three dogs from this litter - Karviana Kathleen (b), Bournstream Buller (d), Bournstream Simba (d) who was exported to Holland, and Terry (d) . We also have a report indicating that the litter was larger than this. The Northern Whig newspaper (Belfast, Northern Ireland) published a note in September 1924 and stated that this first Bournstream litter produced ten puppies, and that all bar one survived.
1st Bournstream Irish Wolfhound Litter 1921
Mrs Beynon wrote to the Tatler magazine in November 1923 and provided a short article about her Irish Wolfhounds and Kenya. (The reference to "our member" in the article refers to Mary's membership of the Ladies Kennel Association , LKA) -
Mary Beynon letter to the Tatler Magazine 1923
The Bystander (UK) magazine in its December 12 1923 issue reported on an interview with H M Durand who relayed the following well known story - "Not long ago, two Irish Wolfhounds were out with their owner, Mrs Beynon and disturbed a lion. Being disturbed he was a very angry lion, and clearly meant charging. But the two hounds went straight at him, as they might at buck; and he simply turned and bolted. Fortunately they managed to lose him in the Bush. H M Durand stated that "One of those two hounds will shortly, I hope, come home to be exhibited in England, and will, I think, do well. (IWT Ed note- One of the two Irish Wolfhounds that defended Mrs Beynon was reportedly Bournstream Buller (source Hull Daily Mail, 14th November 1924).
BOURNSTREAM RETURNS TO THE UK,
Mary Beynon family and hounds returned to the UK in May 1924. Isaac Everett (Felixtowe) wrote that Mary brought five hounds back with her. Mary had some ill-fortune shortly after her return and as reported by Isaac Everet in 1925 - two hounds - Buller and Grim (Faugh-a-Ballagh) were accidentally poisoned as a result of an unknown person putting strychine loaded bait down (to kill foxes) that her hounds apparently picked up. This was a particular heavy blow for Mary as Buller was one of her favourites and a hound that she believed showed great promise as a showman, and eventual stud. In 1926 the kennel suffered a bout of distemper, resulting in further losses. Despite these setbacks, Mary Beynon and H M Durand persevered and established a quality bloodline.
RALPH MONTAGU SCOTT (IFOLD) HOUNDS TO BOURNSTREAM
In 1926 eight Irish Wolfhounds were transferred from Ralph Montagu Scott (Ifold) to Lt-Col H M Durand - Cragwood Darragh, Iduna of Hindhead, Doreena of Ifold, Kathleen of Ifold, King Bruidh of Ifold, Patrick of Ifold,, Tess of Ifold, Lady Clodagh. Next year in late 1926 a further two hounds were transferred from Mr. R. Montagu Scott to Lt-Col H M Durand - Drum Darkan, a bitch (Patrick of Ifold x Nendru) whelped Apr. 23, 1925 bred by Dr. R. Hall; and Lergan of the Upland (Eogan x Felixstowe Alana), whelped Sept. 3, 1925, bred by Mr. & Mrs. B. Wild. Lt-Col H M Durand entered these hounds in Crufts 1926 - 1928.
Cragwood Darragh (Toyon St. Patrick, x. Toyon Bridget), whelped 25 April 1921, breeder Miss J K Smith (USA) was originally imported by Ralph Montagu Scott who transferred him in 1926 to Lt.-Col. H.M.Durand . Late,r in July 1926 Cragwood Darragh was transferred from Col. H.M. Durand to Lady Sholto Douglas, Then in September 1926 Cragwood Darragh was transferred back again from Lady Sholto Douglas to Lt.-Col. H.M. Durand.
Patrick Of Ifold Crufts 1926 and 1928
Lergan of the Uplands and Drum Darkan Crufts 1927
Ch Patrick Of Ifold
A short background to Ralph Montagu Scott and his Ifold kennel which were situated at the Ifold Estate in Sussex, a grand English estate who's history traces back to 1557. Then known as the Manor of Ivolde, alias Ivolls, it was sold for 740 pounds sterling on the 20 March 1557 by William Brown, of Chichester to John Gratwicke, of Wisborough Green. In the early 1920's Ralph Montagu Scott (a literary writer) purchased the estate. He bred Irish Wolfhounds for show and hunting. The dogs used to be exercised around the lake, now known as Loxwoodhills Pond. In the early 1920s there were between 30-50 hounds of all ages in Ifold Kennel, but at one time there were said to be as many as 69.
(Left) Ifold Estate Manor House. (Right) Ralph Montagu Scott and Hounds 1923
In 1921 Montagu Scott leased the estate to Ifold Herds Ltd, a company involved in pig farming. In April 1925 Ifold Herds business failed and went into receivership. Apparently the business failed because of an outbreak of swine fever. Ifold Herds Ltd surrendered their lease of the Ifold Estate back to Montagu Scott. On 11 June 1926, Montagu Scott ended up in bankruptcy. The Ifold Herds situation and loss of lease revenue presumably caused Montagu Scott some financial problems and resulted in him downsizing his kennel? Bournstream became the recipients of several of his Irish Wolfhounds around this time. Montagu Scott did remain active in the breed, we find his name in the Crufts catalogues for several years through to-1931.
Shorly after the Beynons returned from Nyeri, Kenya, East Africa, they relocated the Bournstream kennel to Somerset. The Northern Whig also reports that when Mrs Beynon returned to the UK she brought one elderly hound and three puppies with her, another report states a total of five hounds were brought back with her. We believe that two of the hounds that came back, were Bournstream Buller and his litter brother.
Later, in the 30's the Beynons moved again, this time to Kent. Herebelow are two Bournstream kennel adverts from 1926 and 1941. We note that Lt-Col H M Durand was using the Bournstream kennel name from as as early as 1926. Further he was apparently breeder of Clumber Spaniels, which he advertised, also using the Bournstream kennel affix
Patrick Of Ifold was an important hound at Bournstream. Upon his death in 1931 Mrs Beynon offered his body to the Belfast Museum who gratefully accepted him as the only example of Ireland's historic hound. The museum preserved him where he remains on display today
Bournstream Crufts 1926 - 1933
In 1930 Phyllys Robson, owner and editor of "Dog World" wrote about Bournstream in an advert in the Dog World Annual that year - "Champion Patrick of Ifold, although he is seven years old, still retains his marvellous head; he is a tremendously big hound with a magnificent coat, and moves as well as ever. I found a number of well-grown and promising youngsters, particularly three, aged 18 months, by Chulainn Copper. The first was Bournstream Miera, a beautiful silver-grey with tremendous bone, a lovely head, and extra good coat. She stands well and has strong hindquarters, and she moves just like a terrier. She was best in show at the Woolwich Canine Society's Members' Show. Her brother, Lucifer, has a very fine and typical head; he also is a sound, free mover, and will make his debut at Crufts or the L.K.A. The third member of the family is Bournstream Jesmond, already the winner of the Green Star at Ballinasloe under Dr. May, the secretary of the Irish Wolfhound Club of Ireland. Jesmond, too, scores well in head, front, and coat, and is a fine mover". Below is the pedigree of the litter Phyllis Robson was writing about.
Bournstream Litter March 1929
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