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Puckeridge Hunt master dies

Capt Charles Barclay, senior joint master of his family hunt, the Puckeridge,has died

Capt Charles Barclay, who was senior joint-master of his family hunt, the Puckeridge, died onFriday 5 July.

Aged 82, he had held the post for 55 years. The Barclay family has been Masters of the Puckeridge since 1896. At one point three generations were all in office together when Charlie Barclay became joint-master in 1947 with his father Maurice “Mo” Barclay and grandfather Edward Barclay.

Charlie was a much-loved figure in the hunting world and was an accomplished amateur huntsman, hound breeder and judge of hounds.

Laura Barclay, Charlie’s wifewho predeceased him, was his joint-master for a decade from 1962. Their sons, Ted and Robert, are former Puckeridge Masters, and their daughter, Diana Pyper, is still in office after 15 years.

James Barclay, their youngest son, isjoint-master and huntsman of the South Wold. Charlie is survived by his second wife, the former Anne Foster from the Wheatland country.

Read more hunting news in this week’s Horse & Hound 11 July 2002, or click here to subscribe and enjoy Horse & Hound delivered to your door every week.

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