By Edouard Aldahdah
Posted on June 4th, 2014 in General
There is not a single mention in Lady Anne Blunt’s Journals and Correspondence of a Dahman of Ahmed Pasha Kamal sired by Jamil out of Farida of Ahmed Bey Sennari.
There are only two such Dahmans of Ahmed Pasha mentioned again and again in these Journals, both sons of Farida of Ahmed Bey Sennari (a Dahmah Shahwan of Abbas Pasha lines): the first is mentioned as the sire of Rabdan, Tarfa, etc, and the old white Seglawi of Ali Pasha Sherif (then to Ahmed Pasha then to Khedive Abbas Hilmi) is mentioned as his sire; the second appears a couple of time and his sire is said to be the Koheilan El Mossen of Sennari.
The lengthy footnote in the Foundation Tables of the precious book by Pearson and Mol (“The Arabian Horse Families of Egypt”) about the Dahman sire of Rabdan and the other horses being in all probability the son of the old Seglawi of Ali Pasha Sharif then takes all its meaning. I am reproducing parts of this footnote here:
Dahman (Jamil El Ahmar x Farida El Debbani); ca. 1893. Grey: “This is the breeding attributed throughout EAO Vol. I to the Dahman given as the sire of Rabdan and others. Lady Anne Blunt agrees with the identity of his dam but on four separate occasions (three in her Journal and one in her Stud Book), states without equivocation that his sire as Saklawi I, the ‘old white Seg. Jed. Ahmed Pasha had from APS.’ Since two of these references, for March 10th, and Dec. 2nd, 1907, occur immediately after she had seen the horse in the compnay of Prince Ahmed’s stud manager, they are inherently persuasive [...]. Bint Noma is the only progeny of the K. el Mesenneh son mentioned by Lady Anne. The Dahman that was the sire of other horses to whom she refers was the son of Saklawi I.
I think it is time to change the pedigrees and the sire lines.