The Old Etonian was standing at his post – referred to in the shooting world as a grouse ‘butt’ – when a neighbouring gun was accidentally fired towards him, spraying shot in his arm, throat and face. Mr Wyndham was airlifted to hospital from the Scottish moor where the incident took place. He was treated for 52 lead pellet wounds.
The accident took place on a hired estate on a shoot organised by American hedge-fund manager Louis Bacon, 56. Mr Wyndham, 58, has now been released from hospital and is said to be recuperating with his family in a cottage in Scotland.