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Took its name from the Gloucestershire seat of the dukes of Beaufort, where it is believed to have evolved in the 1870s from the older game of shuttlecock. It was much played in the Indian army and rules were drawn up in Poona. The convenience of a vigorous and sociable under‐cover game led to its rapid spread, particularly in Scandinavia and the Far East.

Subjects: Medicine and Health — Sport and Leisure.

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