Hi, Someone sent me this but not sure of the source. Could be John Worth (b. 1741).
Nice to have him in my family!
"In North Devon, at Washfield, the squire, a Mr Worth, was a sportsman. When he died,
in the eighteenth century, he gave orders that his hounds should be slaughtered and buried
with him. The dogs were indeed killed, but interred outside the churchyard wall. At the
funeral of a cavalry officer or a general, his horse is led in the procession, and is
slightly wounded in the frog of one hoof, so as to oblige it to limp. Originally the horse
was killed and buried with the warrior, and our usage is the faint trace of the old
barbarous custom that has undergone modification."
Edna ~ Ottawa