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CHAPTER XX.
THE BREED IN THE SHOW-YARD-CONTINUED.
* Senior Wranglers.”

WE believe it will be found useful to have in collected form a note of the winners of the first prizes in the classes of aged bulls and cows at all the shows of the Highland Society at which prizes were given for polled breeding stock. A few remarks are added to assist in the identification of the various animals. These become more brief as regards the later shows, ample information being already given as to recent winners. For the title and plan of this part of the work we are indebted to the late Mr H. H. Dixon, who drew up a similar sketch of prize Shorthorns at the shows of the Royal Agricultural Society of England.

Perth, 1829.

Bull, BLAck Jock, bred and exhibited by Hugh Watson, Keillor.

Cow, OLD GRANNIE 1, bred and exhibited by Hugh Watson, Keillor.

Black Jock has not been entered in ‘Herd Book.' He was the sire of Grey-breasted Jock 2, and was the third bull named Jock used at Keillor.

Old Grannie 1, the prima cow of the ‘Herd Book, was one of the most remarkable animals of the bovine race that ever lived. She attained to the great age of thirtyfive years, and produced twenty-five calves.

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Inverness, 1831.

Bull, bred by Mr Robinson, Mains of Eden, near Banff, exhibited by Peter Brown, Linkwood, Elginshire.

Cow, bred by Mr Aberdeen, Skene, Aberdeenshire, exhibited by Major Forbes Mackenzie of Fodderty, Cromarty.

Aberdeen, 1834.

Bull, exhibited by R. Findlay, Balmain, Kincardineshire.

Cow, bred by Mr Walker, Suttie, Aberdeenshire, exhibited by the Earl of Kintore,

Perth, 1836.

Bull, bred and exhibited by Hugh Watson, Keillor. Cow, bred and exhibited by Hugh Watson, Keillor.

Interness, 1839.

Bull, bred by Robert Colville, Balnabreich, exhibited by Hugh Watson, Keillor.

Cow, bred by George Leslie of Rothie, and exhibited by the Duke of Richmond, Gordon Castle, Fochabers.

Aberdeen, 1840.

Bull, bred by Mr Brown, Banchory, exhibited by Isaac Machray, Torry Farm, Kincardineshire.

Cow, exhibited by James Walker, Wester Fintray, Aberdeenshire,

Dundec, 1843.

Bull, PANMURE 51, bred by Lord Panmure, exhibited by William Fullerton, Mains of Ardovie, Forfarshire.

Cow, bred by Lord Panmure, exhibited by Colonel Dalgairns of Balgavies.

Panmure has been described as “the Hubback of the polled breed.” Perhaps the complete accuracy of the phrase may be questioned by some; but of this, at all events, there can be no doubt, that Panmure 51 stands in the same relation to the polled herds north of the Grampians that Hubback holds in reference to the early Shorthorn herds. A full description of his breeding is given in another page. After his success at Dundee, he passed into the possession of Mr Farquharson Taylor, Wellhouse, Aberdeenshire, in whose herd he was eminently useful, and to whom he gained numerous prizes. Colonel Dalgairns' first-prize cow has not been entered in the ‘Herd Book.’ A daughter of hers, Lady Ingliston 60, belonged to Mr. Ferguson, Kinnochtry. It was a striking testimony to the excellence of the stock bred by Lord Panmure, that in the very close competition at Dundee this year, animals bred by him secured the two leading prizes of the show. At the shows at Glasgow in 1844 and Dumfries in 1845, prizes were offered only for oxen of the polled Aberdeen or Angus breed.

Inverness, 1846.

Bull, OLD Jock 1, bred and exhibited by Hugh Watson, Keillor.

Cow, exhibited by Alexander Craig, Kirkton, Golspie.

Old Jock 1, of whom the official return of the Highland Society simply stated that he was “aged 3 years

and 5 months, bred by exhibitor," was regarded by Mr Watson as the best bull he ever bred. In a note We have from a well-known breeder he is described as “the best polled bull he ever saw.” Other testimony is equally favourable to his merits. He was one of the most im: pressive of the Keillor sires, and the stock got by him, which were numerous, have been of the highest celebrity, In short, he and Panmure 51 stand in the front rank among the early polled sires that have most contributed to the improvement of the breed.

Aberdeen, 1847.

Bull, bred and exhibited by Hugh Watson, Keillor. Cow, bred by William M’Combie of Tillyfour, exhibited by IRobert Scott, Balwyllo.

The first-prize bull is thus entered in the official records of the Highland Society: “Aged 3 years and 5 months, bred by exhibitor.” Unfortunately we know nothing more about him.

The first-prize cow had for dam what Mr M.Combie has described as “the first female of note at Tillyfour." She was bred by Mr Wilson, Netherton of Clatt.

Edinburgh, 1848.

Bull, ANGUS 45, bred and exhibited by Hugh Watson, Reillor.

Cow, YoUNG CHARLOTTE 103, bred by Colonel Dalgairns, Balgavies, exhibited by William M’Combie of Tillyfour.

Angus was a pure Keillor bull, his sire being Old Jock 1, and his dam Old Favourite, bred by Hugh Watson. He was calved in 1846, not in 1836, as stated in vol. i. of ‘Herd Book.' Mr M.Combie (whose Victor 46 was second at this show) bought Angus for £36, and he became sire of those celebrated Tilly four cows, Charlotte 203, The Belle 205, Young Jenny Lind 207, and Fair Maid of Perth 313. Of the pedigree of Young Charlotte nothing is known, except that the cow was bred by Colonel Dalgairns, and was after Black Hugh 316. The judges speak in high terms of the animal. She was purchased at Mr M-Combie's sale in 1850 by Mr Walker, Montbletton, and a valuable family trace to her through her twin daughters Twin Charlotte 609 and Twin Queen 610, by Fintray 125.

Glasgow, 1850.

Bull, EARL o' BUCHAN 57, bred by William Cooper, Hillbrae, exhibited by William Fullerton, Mains of Ardestie. Cow, bred and exhibited by Hugh Watson, Keillor. Earl o' Buchan was bred by Mr Cooper, Hillbrae, Aberdeenshire, and was bought by Mr. Fullerton as a calf. His blood circulates through many good tribes as the sire of Isabella of Balwyllo 423 (the dam of President 3rd 246) and of Lively 256, etc. Mr. Watson's cow was a daughter of Old Grannie 1. She was sold at the Keillor sale a non-breeder. Mr Ferguson, Kinnochtry, bought a daughter of hers, Glasgow 58, but has now none of her produce.

Perth, 1852.

Bull, YoUNG Jock 4, bred and exhibited by Hugh Watson, Keillor (Mr Watson also won the sweepstakes for best bull with Old Jock 1).

Cow, BLOOMER 201, bred and exhibited by William M'Combie, Tillyfour.

Young Jock 4 was after Old Jock 1, and was bought and used by Mr Ferguson, Kinnochtry. Of his sire, Old

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