I was born at Goldsbrough in Yorkshire in October 1849, and, like many other natives of that county, especially those who bear the same name as myself, I became keenly interested in sport from my very early days. At the age of six I was duly blooded by Charles Treadwell, who was huntsman to the Bramham Moor hounds for twenty-three years.
I went through the usual course of education at Eton and at Magdalene College, Cambridge. I was never without a ferret at Eton, and generally had at the least a share in a dog. My Cambridge days were, perhaps, the happiest of my life. We had then a very cheery sporting set at Magdalene.