Hunting, sporting and gaming: Games of Bears and Bulls and Cock fighting

Pages 223-224

Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (Revised), Court Officers, 1660-1837. Originally published by University of London, London, 2006.

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Game of the Bears and Bulls ?1660–1702

The establishment of the bears and bulls consisted of one master, one sergeant and one yeoman. Under Charles II they made a total of £48 12s 6d, to be apportioned among them. (fn. 1) In addition, there was a master of the game of cock-fighting. These offices seem to have been left unfilled in 1685, but the mastership of the bears and bulls was revived in 1688 only to be finally abolished at the accession of Queen Anne in 1702.

Master ?1660–1685; 1688–1702

By 1661 Davies, T.
By 1679 Davies, J.
By 1684 Cowling, J.
1688 10 Mar. Janson, T.
1689 24 July Boden, R.
1696 9 June Lewis, J.

Sergeant ?1660–1685

By 1663 Woodman, T.
1673 21 Oct. Cowling, J.
By 1684 Galliard, -


By 1663 Oliver, E.
By 1680 Thatchwell, J.
1680 23 Jan. Thompson, R.

Game of Cock Fighting ?1661–?1685

Master 1661–?

1661 26 Nov. Browne, H.

Deputy 1678–?

1678 9 Aug. Archer, J.


  • 1. LC 3/24, f. 23.