1786, Nov 241853, Aug 7
a celebrated diarist, author and sportsman accounted one of the "Great Shots" of the 19th Century. His sporting exploits were widely followed and, on occasion, considered worthy of report in The Times. Hawker is best known today for his published works on the sports of shooting, wildfowling and fishing. Hawker published his "Advice to Young Sportsmen" in 1814, a popular work having nine imprints in his lifetime. Hawker kept a regular diary (published in abridged form) which contains observations of pre and post-Napoleonic Europe, wildfowling, game-bird shooting and details of hunting techniques and conditions prevalent in the late 18th and early 19th Century.
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