John Peel brass character jug produced in England circa 1960. John Peel (1776 - 1854) was an English huntsman who is the subject of the nineteenth century song "D'ye ken John Peel". "Ken" meaning 'to be aware of' or 'to know' in some dialects of the North of England and Scotland. Peel was a farmer by profession and kept a pack of fox hounds. However, he was prone to dissipation, and he devoted himself primarily to hunting. Peel hunted pine martens and hares in addition to foxes. John Peel did ride to hounds, his mount being a 14-hand dun crossbred gelding named Dunny. Dunny would often be abandoned for hours during the hunt when the going became too rough to ride over, standing patiently waiting for his master to return.