Hugh d’Avranches, one of the Conqueror’s henchmen,
with him at Hastings, got the Saxon earldom
of Chester and the palatine of Cheshire,
with its forests of deer and boar, as reward.
His nicknames were ‘Lupus’ and ‘Gros Veneur’
because he ravened the Welsh like a wolf
and he was a hunter and a glutton.
His descendant, Gerald Grosvenor, His Grace,
the late, sad 6th Duke of Westminster – holder
of twenty eight appointments, decorations,
medals, orders and titles,