Historical miscellany #1 – Robert Peel’s Bet (1823)

Scottish countryside

In December 1823, Henry Baring bet Robert Peel that he would not be able to shoot one of each of the seven types of game bird* together with a rabbit and a hare during the following day. Peel won the match by one o’clock in the afternoon and Baring lost a hundred guineas.

(Taken from Douglas Hurd’s biography of Peel)

* One pheasant, one red-legged partridge, one common partridge, one snipe, on Jack snipe, one woodcock, one wild duck

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