Stately home sisters at war over pheasant shooting at their 300-year-old Dorset family estate

Two sisters have become embroiled in a bitter feud over the killing of pheasants at their shared English country home.

Tacky MacGregor, 36, and her older sibling Rags Norton, 40, share the Came Estate, in Dorset, which has been part of their family since 1754.

Ms MacGregor claims her sister is allowing the unethical killing of pheasants on their property. The mother-of-four says their feud came to boiling point on New Year’s Eve.

Tacky MacGregor, 36, is embroiled in a bitter feud with her sister of the killing of pheasants on their family estate

Tacky MacGregor, 36, is embroiled in a bitter feud with her sister of the killing of pheasants on their family estate

Tacky MacGregor, 36, is embroiled in a bitter feud with her sister of the killing of pheasants on their family estate

Ms MacGregor claims older sister Rags Norton (pictured), 40, assaulted her when she confronted her over the unethical killing of the birds

Ms MacGregor claims older sister Rags Norton (pictured), 40, assaulted her when she confronted her over the unethical killing of the birds

Ms MacGregor claims older sister Rags Norton (pictured), 40, assaulted her when she confronted her over the unethical killing of the birds

Ms MacGregor and her partner Michael Talbot found a dozen pheasants on a bonfire near the stately home and described it as ‘obscene’. 

She claims the shoot said all of its birds were going to have their usable meat removed – but that was not the case, she said.

‘We were walking the dog and there was this really acid smell, like burning hair,’ she told The Times.

Bones: Ms MacGregor and her partner Michael Talbot found a dozen pheasants on a bonfire near the stately home

Bones: Ms MacGregor and her partner Michael Talbot found a dozen pheasants on a bonfire near the stately home

Bones: Ms MacGregor and her partner Michael Talbot found a dozen pheasants on a bonfire near the stately home

She took these photos and uploaded them to Facebook, saying: 'Well, despite the best efforts from pro shooting groups to demonstrate best practice and that birds DO go into the food chain, here is the cold, hard and somewhat difficult to swallow truth... THEY BURN THEM!!'

She took these photos and uploaded them to Facebook, saying: 'Well, despite the best efforts from pro shooting groups to demonstrate best practice and that birds DO go into the food chain, here is the cold, hard and somewhat difficult to swallow truth... THEY BURN THEM!!'

She took these photos and uploaded them to Facebook, saying: ‘Well, despite the best efforts from pro shooting groups to demonstrate best practice and that birds DO go into the food chain, here is the cold, hard and somewhat difficult to swallow truth… THEY BURN THEM!!’

'Admittedly, not ALL shoots do this, but Came Shoot certainly does. I apologise if people find this offensive and would like to point out that I have NO INVOLVEMENT WHATSOEVER,' she fumed

'Admittedly, not ALL shoots do this, but Came Shoot certainly does. I apologise if people find this offensive and would like to point out that I have NO INVOLVEMENT WHATSOEVER,' she fumed

‘Admittedly, not ALL shoots do this, but Came Shoot certainly does. I apologise if people find this offensive and would like to point out that I have NO INVOLVEMENT WHATSOEVER,’ she fumed

Ms MacGregor has drafted in police and private security guards who’ve seized rifles and shotguns from the 1,500-acre estate.  

The furious sister said she confronted her elder sibling in a stable block, where they scolded each other in front of their significant others. 

Ms MacGregor previously claimed her sister assaulted her – but took it no further when questioned by police, according to The Times.

A spokesman for the Came Shoot said the allegations against Mrs Norton and the hunters were false and part of a ‘scurrilous campaign’ to harm her reputation. They said the shoot was ran professionally.

Ms MacGregor has now started protesting the shoot at the estate. 

Mrs Norton runs the shoots with peasants bread especially for their stately home – while Ms MacGregor lives on the estate and runs the farm.

The Came Estate (pictured), in Dorset, which has been part of their family since 1754

The Came Estate (pictured), in Dorset, which has been part of their family since 1754

The Came Estate (pictured), in Dorset, which has been part of their family since 1754

The Grade I listed Palladian house, located just outside Dorchester in Dorset, is also a popular country wedding venue.

Ms MacGregor has been posting about her infected family feud on social media, sharing pictures of what she claims to be pheasants being thrown on a log fire after a shoot.

‘Well, despite the best efforts from pro shooting groups to demonstrate best practice and that birds DO go into the food chain, here is the cold, hard and somewhat difficult to swallow truth… THEY BURN THEM!!!,’ she wrote in a furious Facebook post.

‘Admittedly, not ALL shoots do this, but Came Shoot certainly does. I apologise if people find this offensive and would like to point out that I have NO INVOLVEMENT WHATSOEVER.’

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