The Kincardineshire Foxhounds
The Kincardineshire Foxhounds are one of the newest packs of hounds in Britain, having been formed in July 1997 to hunt an area previously hunted by the Grampian Foxhounds in Aberdeenshire & Kincardineshire.
The 'Hunt' button worn on the Huntsman's coat dates from before 1825 and was originally used by the Keith Hall Foxhounds, based at Inverurie, Aberdeenshire and owned by the Earl of Kintore.
It may come as a surprise to learn that Aberdeenshire was hunted with hounds before many of the English packs came into existence.
The Huntsman for the Kincardineshire Hunt is Richard Holman-Baird. Richard owns a stock farm in Kincardineshire with mainly Blackface sheep plus a small pheasant shoot. These interests require that the fox population be kept in harmony with other land uses.
The Kincardineshire Foxhounds are a privately owned pack and hunts, both mounted and on foot, this depending upon the terrain and Landowners wishes. The hunt also carries out 'Fox Control Days' for Gamekeepers, adding to their ability in controlling the fox population over areas that they manage.