Montague Chapman

Montague Chapman

Mr Chapman was responsible for starting the first Point-to-Point races in Westmeath.

The first recorded Point to Point was held at Loughegar in 1875.

During the 1878-79 season a number of distinguished English visitors joined in the hunting among them the Duke of Marlborough then Lord Lieutenant of Ireland who stayed at Knockdrin Castle and Lord and Lady Randolph Churchill.

Captain James Towers-Clark an officer in the 1st Royals Regiment became Master of the Hunt in 1883 and held the position until 1886. He was a good huntsman who built up the county pack during his time as Master.

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