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FALCONER. The French kings had a grand falconer, an office dismembered from that of grand veneur, as early as the year 1250. A falconer should be well acquainted with the quality and mettle of bis hawks, that he may know which of them to fly early, and which late. Every night, after flying, he should give them casting: one while plumage, sometimes pellets of cotton, and at another time physic, as be finds necessary. He ought also, every evening, to make the place clean under the perch, that by her casting he may know whether she wants scouring upwards or downwards. He must water his hawk every evening, ex. cept on such days as she has bathed ; , after which, at night, she should be put into a warm room, having a candle burning by her, where she is to sit uuhooded, if she be not rentage, that she may prick and prune herself. He should always carry proper medicines into the field, as hawks frequently meet with accidents there. He must take with him all his hawking implements ; and should be skilful in making lures, hoods of all sorts, jesses, bewets, and other furniture. He ought to have his coping irons, to cope his hawk's beak when overgrown, and to cut her pounces and talons as there shall be occasion: nor should his cauterizing irons be wanting.

The office of Grand Falconer of England is hereditary in the Dukes of St. A1bans, as that of Master of the Game is in the Dukes of Grafton. Hawks, however, are no longer kept for royal diversion.

Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.

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