Home Page
About Us
LS History
DB History 
Our Studs
Our Dams
Our Puppies Available!
L-T Guarantee
DB Training
Raising our Pups
Llewellin's BIO
Humphrey's BIO 
LS Description
Hunting Photos
Our Comments
Who was
Lord Richard Llewellin Purcell Llewellin

of Tergwynt, Letterstone, Pembrokeshhire, South Wales.
by Michael J. Bloodgood

1840 - 1925

The Llewellin name prominently appears in Welsh history books, but no connection has been found to Richard Llewellin since Llewellin was not his inherited surname.

Richard's given name was Richard Llewellin Purcell. It's is thought Llewellin was his mothers maiden name. Richard was one of three sons and the others were not given the Llewellin sure name. Richard Llewellin Purcell was born in 1840 and died in 1925. He is buried in the Churchyard of St. John the Baptist Church in Stapleton. Stapleton is a small village south of Shrewsbury, England. His father was William Purcell of Clifton County Gloucester.

Richard got his BA degree in 1863 from Oxford University and got his MA degree in 1868. He studied law at Lincoln’s Inn London, but there is no record of him actually practicing law or working in any occupation.

He was evidently an independently wealthy man by inheritance and enjoyed the sporting life. His brother Lionel Thomas Purcell was also a graduate of Exeter in 1872 entering into the church in various locations as Rector and Vicar. 

Richard officially changed his name in 1872 when he was 30 years old by adding Llewellin as his surname. It is believed that Llewellin was his mother's maiden name and his inheritance was likely from his grandfather on his mothers side, with the conditions that he add the Llewellin as his surname. His full name from then on was "Richard Llewellin Purcell Llewellin" but he was also known as "Richard Purcell Llewellin" and just as "Richard Llewellin".

In his last will he left about 68,000 English Pounds and all his land with his brother Rev. Lionel Thomas Purcell as his main beneficiary. There is a beautiful Baptist Church still on the land today. In today's currency buying power terms he would certainly have been a wealthy man.

Richard Llewellin working one of his great Setters.

Richard was a very tall man for his time, standing about 6 feet 6 inches tall and was apparently quite intimidating in his appearance with a full beard. He never married and from several reports, he was known to be uncomfortable around the fairer sex. However, he did have the same housekeeper for many years and upon his death, he entrusted his valuable dogs to her with instructions to transferred them ALL over to Lord William Humphrey (see Who was Lord William Humphrey's web page). It's not known if Lord Humphrey paid her for them or she simply just gave them all to him, but non-the-less Mr. Humphrey was the beneficiary of all of Llewellin's last Setters, over whelming majority being his life's work, the his personal pure Dashing Bondhu strain with a few remaining old Setters of the Wind'em strain, no longer used for breeding.

Richard Llewellin with two of  his early personal Setters
Llewellin had a great passion for bird shooting and gun dogs and owned and rented shooting moors throughout the British Isles. It was here that he tested and developed for over 50 years his amazing own personal strain of Setters known as his Dashing Bondhu Setters which became a huge sensation in his own lifetime and still today.

In British Setter circles reference are made to the” Great Triumvirate”still today, meaning, the three great men of the Setter world and the passing of the torch. Of course Sir Edward Laverack, being the first, Lord Richard Purcell Llewellin, being the second and his good friend Lord William Humphrey being the third.

Sir Edward Laverack dedicated his book "The Setter" to Lord Richard Purcell Llewellin, quoted as follows

of Tergwynt,
Letterstone, Pembrokeshhire, South Wales,


Note: "The Setter" was the first dog breed book written and was written long before the Setter was separated into different breeds by color/location. As all "Setters" were one breed for many years with Black and Tans, Solid Red, Red & White, White, Chestnut & Ticked, Tri-Color, Belton of all colors, etc..

Also, Lord Llewellin left all his pure Dashing Bondhu Setters to William Humphrey upon his death, showing the great respect these gentlemen had for one another.

The history and early development of the American Llewellin Setter strains have been recorded very well in the writings of our good late friend Alfred O. King Sr. of Arkansas both in his book and on-line. For more information on all of the many Llewellin Setter strains developed, I would refer you to reading his excellent book, "What is a Llewellin Setter" by Alfred O. King. You can also read some of Al's writings with his permission on our "Llewellin Setter History" page.

Dashing Swan Bondhu, bred by William Humphrey
(Note: high head and tail and similarity to our Setters today)
For more info on the development of the Llewellin' personal Setter strain in England and Ireland, please read  "The Dashing Bondhu Line".
All our Llewellin Setters are permanently identified with registered AVID® microchips,
Tattooed, and are DNA swabbed for 
genetic identification.

Please click on paws prints to follow links

Home Page!
About Us!
Llewellin Setter History!
Dashing Bondhu History! 
Why a Llewellin Setter? Q&A
Our Llewellin Studs
Our Llewellin Dams
Llewellin Pups/Dogs Available!
Life-Time Guarantee! 
How we raise our pups
Customer Testimonials!
Who was Richard Llewellin?
Who was William Humphrey?
Llewellin Setter Registration
Llewellin Setter Description
Hunting Photo Gallery!
Personal Comments

All documents, photographs and graphics are Copyright © 1996-2014 Mountain View Kennel. Background photo of Dashing Blaze Bondhu, pure Dashing Bondhu Llewellin Setter, dedicated in her loving memory.