The Raikeshill Kennels
The second litter was June 1st, 1929 and was by Roderick's litterbrother,
Gelert, from which she kept Ian, Bruce and Ryan of Raikeshill (all males) and
three bitches, Lorna, Puma, and Jura of Raikeshill.
| The Gelert-Cailin Beag litter at eight months
|Mrs. Knox with (l to r) Lorna, Fare, Gelert, Ryan, Rory,
Ian, and Tarzan of Raikeshill
| Ryan of Raikeshill
|Bruce of Raikeshill
This picture appeared in Hutchinson's Encyclopaedia
|Ian of Raikeshill
| Lorna of Raikeshill at 10 months
| Mrs. Knox with Bruce, Gramarye, and Ian of
Mrs. Knox also bought in a dog bred by Miss Sykes, by Roderick ex Felixstowe
Galty. This dog was Tarzan of Raikeshill, born July 10th, 1928. By 1930 Tarzan
was being offered for sale.
| Tarzan of Raikeshill
|Mrs. Knox with Fare, Tarzan, Gelert and Ch.
Lady of Raikeshill
Lady of Raikeshill had a litter on November 28th, 1930, by Fare. From this
came a bitch, Gramarye, and a dog, Lancion of Raikeshill.
|Gramarye of Raikeshill at 11 months old
| Gramarye of Raikeshill as an adult
| Lancion of Raikeshill
| A group of Raikeshill puppies
On December 16th, 1932 a piece appeared that stated: "No kennel of
Irish Wolfhounds warrants the title of classical more than the one maintained
by Mrs. Knox. There are greys, fawns, and brindles, all large, powerful
animals, brimful of the joy of life, as active as terriers, and models of type
and character, besides being soundness itself. There are 19 hounds in the
kennel, including eight stud dogs.
"The late Ch. Lady of Raikeshill was one of the finest examples of the
breed, and this must have been in the minds of the governors of the British
Museum, when they accepted her for exhibition in the Natural History section as
a pattern of the breed. Luckily she left behind two of her progeny which will
ever keep her memory green. One of them is Lancion of Raikeshill, a noble
animal, by Fare of Raikeshill, and a lasting credit to his dam, for he is a
big, fine upstanding dog, charming in head, eyes, and ears, beautifully
modelled and tremendously active. A dog that would be a delight to any owner.
His litter sister, Gramarye of Raikeshill, is the other. One of the best of her
sex living, she is a lovely hound, a replica of her mother, but not quite so
tall. A strong dog, she is also graceful, has a beautiful stance, is perfectly
straight, has a long ideally shaped head, dark eyes, and intelligent
expression, deep in brisket, and well-tucked up body; in fact, she is nearly
faultless. She is a winner every time out, and was unlucky when she was reserve
for the challenge certificate at Belfast. Their father, Fare of Raikeshill, a
son of Roderick of Raikeshill and Cailin Beag (which, by the way, may be
described as the mother of the kennel and is herself a hound of the classical
shape, make, and quality), is another tall fine, strong dog, absolutely sound.
A grand headed fellow, he has a rare neck, admirably turned body which is
covered with a harsh coat; he has plenty of bone, and stands on legs as
straight as a die. A splendidly balanced dog, he has most deservedly won many
prizes, one challenge certificate, and one reserve for the challenge
"Another outstanding hound is Tarzan of Raikeshill, by Roderick of
Raikeshill ex Felixstowe Galty; he excels in legs and feet, has a long, finely
chiselled head, well-placed ears, is attractive in conformation, and his
movement is beautifully elastic. Nearly the tallest in this kennel of
wonderfully tall dogs, he is still all quality, and only this year at Belfast
won the challenge certificate.
Ian of Raikeshill requires mention if only because he is the sire of five
superb puppies, of which a word later. A son of Gelert of Raikeshill and Cailin
Beag, he is a big, sound grey dog, built on the very best lines and of
intensive type. He has not been shown often - being shy he shows best outside.
He stood reserve for the large green card at Belfast last year, and last August
at Harrogate's big open show he was the best non-sporting exhibit.
"A very handsome pure wheaten dog is Ryan of Raikeshill, litter brother to
Ian and one of the best dogs in the kennel. An extremely fine specimen, he has
a long level refined head, the desired expression, well-placed ears, grand
neck; stands straight in front; has well-bent hocks and a finely shaped body,
whose covering is very harsh and thick. He was reserve for the challenge
certificate at Belfast this year, beaten by his kennelmate, Tarzan.
"Everybody admires Duke of Raikeshill's lovely head. He is a dog that
would have made a famous name on the show bench had not an attack of distemper
willed it otherwise.
"Bruce of Raikeshill is a tremendously large animal, yet as sound as a
bell and as nimble as a kitten. He has a marvellous head, quite seventeen
inches long, a flat skull, clean cheeks, well-finished foreface, dark
expressive eyes, properly placed ears, great depth of brisket, and a
well-tucked-up loin. A stately hound, he is thought to be nearly the tallest
sound Irish Wolfhound in the country.
"Roderick of Raikeshill, as will have been noticed, has been of
inestimable service to the kennel as a sire. Half-brother to the late Ch. Lady
of Raikeshill, he is the winner of many prizes, and was reserve for the
challenge certificate at the Birmingham National Ch. Show. A very attractive
dog, excelling in body properties, his head is full of type. He is a fine all
round well-balanced dog, and, taken altogether, a grand stamp.
"Then there are five puppies by Ian of Raikeshill, (dam, Nancy of
Raikeshill) wonderfully well reared; one dog looks like making a giant, and
there is a bitch equally tall. They are a fine litter, and it is hard to tell
at the moment which will turn out the ace, but they will all be winners, for
they are grandly shaped, stand on the best of legs and feet, have heads of the
greatest quality, are sound, and show intense quality all round.
"Last but not least is Pansy of Harewood, a very nice bitch, extremely
well bred and sound. She was bred by the Princess Royal and presented by Her
Royal Highness to Mrs. Knox."