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Game Duty Certificate

Gamekeeper's Certificate

  • Game Duty Certificate C. for the Year 1824
  • 134 x 191mm (5¼ x 7½in)

Printed sheet with manuscript additions issued to Thomas Croome, residing in the parish of Bulford. Receipt for three pounds thirteen shillings and sixpence (3.13s.6d) with signature in ink by William Dyke Whitmarsh, Clerk to the Commissioners in Amesbury, Wiltshire.

The certificate authorised a gamekeeper to kill or take game anywhere, subject to the Law of Trespass. The gamekeeper was a prominent figure in English rural life. The ancient meadows, leafy woods, and fresh water-streams complete with all the animal life therein were under his protection.

Among his many duties he was responsible for protecting the large estates - in every season and all weathers - from the activities of thieves, poachers and trespassers.


Print by John Scott after George Stubbs
Published May 1, 1802, by Bunney & Gold, 103, Shoe Lane, London



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