Joe Scott Plummer was an Edinburgh investment firm chairman and a popular joint Master of the Duke of Buccleuch’s Hunt (1981 – 2007). He once was quoted in an interview that foxhunting was “a very important glue” that brought everyone together “from dukes… to retired shepherds”. He continued to hunt three days a week until this past April.
His legacy in foxhunting is that he helped draft the fox control protocol under which mounted hunts continued to operate in Scotland.*
Joe died peacefully after a short illness on 6th December 2022. Dearly beloved husband of Christine much loved father and stepfather of Charles, Annabel, Guy, Emma, and Lucinda, adored by all his grandchildren. Private burial followed by Thanksgiving Service at St Andrew’s Church, Kelso on Tuesday 20th December at 2 p.m.
*The Scottish government has introduced a new bill (to cancel out the existing protocols) that will limit the hunting of live game with hounds and ban trail hunting altogether within the borders of Scotland. This “Hunting with Dogs Bill”, expected to be voted on this coming spring, does have many loopholes and provisions for hunting with more than two hounds. This bill is a bit of a head-scratcher as there are so many exceptions to the ban that will allow hunt clubs to continue riding to hounds.
Orginially published on December 28, 2022.