Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Cock-fighting is an ancient British sport, now almost obsolete owing to legal enactments and the change of taste. The sport is to be met with as early as the time of Edward III., and remained popular for centuries, and gave rise to a special breed of birds, whose natural pugnacity was increased by selection and feeding. Few people now understand what it is to fight a main of cocks, or know what are the distinguishing features of a Welsh main; nor is the knowledge of these points of any great consequence. The Malays are passionately fond of cock-fighting.