Our History

1952 – Present

Born in 1930, George MacFarlaine was raised in India in the days of the Raj. When he was just six years old, George was accompanying his elders on shooting forays to the inland marshes and on hunting trips to the jungles for big game hunting in Northern India. He attended Sherwood College, a boarding school in the foothills of the Himalayas where he excelled in science, art and boxing.

When he was 18 years old he left the tropical climes of India where he had learned to speak fluent Hindi and Urdu and write Sanskrit and travelled by ocean liner to study engineering in Scotland. After qualifying in engineering, India beckoned once again. On his return to Bombay, George bought his first gun a Westley Richards which was one of four belonging to an Indian Maharajah.

In the 1960s George settled with his family in the beautiful English Lake District where MacFarlaine Sports (later rebranded to The Sporting Lodge) was established as a bespoke gun making business and supplier of the finest shooting and sporting accessories.

For more than 48 years The Sporting Lodge has manufactured the finest English sporting shotguns for customers worldwide, providing a bespoke service.

Using the finest craftsmen and materials, the family created a range of sporting guns including rare multi-barrelled shotguns in particular, the three-barrel single trigger ejector shotgun. We have also sourced the finest English and continental sporting guns, clothing and accessories for sports men and women, industrialists and royalty throughout the world.

Sadly, George died in 2000 leaving a great collection of fine rare vintage shotguns and one of the largest collection of multi-barrelled guns in the world.

We source the best quality products and supply our customers with the finest quality sporting and outdoor wear.

Advances in technology now allow us to offer our knowledge, products and service to a larger audience worldwide. The Sporting Lodge is our online shop window which continues to supply our customers with the same attention to detail. We have been working with many of our suppliers for many years and stock products we believe offer excellent value for money.