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Jock, the winner of the sweepstakes, the official report of the Perth show remarks: “He was particularly reported by the judges as an extraordinary animal, and unrivalled for strength, symmetry, and quality, though now fourteen—[should be ten or eleven]—years old. In fact he showed the perfection to which judgment and attention can bring this valuable breed.”
Mr. M'Combie, with Bloomer 201, on this occasion commenced in earnest that extraordinary run of showyard success with members of the Queen tribe which has few parallels in the annals of cattle exhibitions. Bloomer was out of Queen Mother 348, and after Monarch 44, a son and daughter of Panmure 51, being thus an example of close breeding. The cow was regarded by Mr. M'Combie as one of his best. She bred some fine stock, chief among which may be named The Belle 205 and Mr Tayler's famous bull Napoleon 257. “Bloomer was larger than Charlotte 203, but not so level and sweet, nor so fine in the bone.”
It was this year that the polled Aberdeen or Angus cattle elicited the highest encomiums of the directors of Society, and their pronouncement undoubtedly stimulated the extension and still further improvement of the breed. “The directors rejoice that this and preceding shows indicate a praiseworthy amount of effort and care on the part of breeders of polled stock followed by a corresponding improvement in the stock. They cannot but regard it as the most valuable breed of Scotland, combining as it does in a great measure the constitution of the Highlander with the feeding properties of the Shorthorn." On this historic occasion Mr Watson, as we have seen, was first for aged bulls, and also gained the sweepstakes, Mr Bowie was first for two-year-old bulls with Cupbearer 59. Mr M'Combie was not only first for cows, but also for two-year-old heifers; Mr Scott, Balwyllo, being first for yearling heifers.
As this is the last time Mr Watson's name appears in this list, we may note that he was able to send forward ten of our “Senior Wranglers.”
Bull, CUPBEARER 59, bred by Alexander Bowie, Mains of Kelly, exhibited by Sir James Carnegie.
Cow, WINDSOR 202, bred and exhibited by William M'Combie, Tillyfour.
Cupbearer 59 is fully referred to elsewhere. He was the first of Mr Bowie's great champions, and his progeny are alike numerous and excellent. He was indeed not only a splendid-looking bull, but one of exceptional impressiveness. There are credited to him in vol i. of * Herd Book’ no fewer than 38 calves. Mr Bowie had great success at this show, being first and second for aged bulls, and first for two-year-old bulls. The animals were Cupbearer, Earl Spencer 2nd 25, and Hanton 228.
Windsor, who derived her name from the fact that she was first at the Royal English show at Windsor as a yearling in 1851, was an in-bred Queen. She was from Queen Mother 348 (by Panmure 51 and out of Queen of Ardovie 29), and after Victor 46, whose dam, Jean Ann 206, was also after Panmure and out of Queen of Ardovie 29. As the dam of the bull Windsor 221, so famous in the Westertown and Kinnaird herds, and of Rob Roy Macgregor 267, the sire of that impressive Tillyfour bull Black Prince 366, she must hold a high place in the history of polled cattle.
Bull, HANTON 228, bred by Alexander Bowie, Mains of Kelly, exhibited by William M’Combie, Tillyfour.
Cow, CHARLOTTE 203, bred and exhibited by William M'Combie.
Again a Mains of Kelly bull heads the list. Hanton, the sire of numerous celebrated animals, demands only a passing reference here. He was out of Lizzie 227, who had the Panmure blood through her sire, Spencer's Son 154, and after the choicely-bred Keillor bull Pat 29, a son of Old Jock 1 and Favourite 2. Mr. M'Combie bought him for £105, and he was kept till he was eight years old, winning the great gold medal at Paris in 1856. When sold fat he fetched £40.
Charlotte 203, got by Angus 45, and out of the Queen cow Lola Montes 208, stands in the first rank among polled matrons. After her victory here she was sent across to the Paris exhibition, where she carried the first prize and the gold medal as best of all the cows and heifers. On account of these distinctions, she is generally spoken of as the “Paris cow.” “She was all over a sweet-looking, level, nice, touching cow, with fine temper. Whether lean or fat, she was always level without patchiness of any kind about her.” Her most renowned offspring are: Pride of Aberdeen 581, Daisy of Tillyfour, Crinoline 204, and Empress of France 578. Pride, Daisy, and Empress were full sisters.
Bull, DRUID 225, bred and exhibited by the Earl of Southesk.
Cow, NIGHTINGALE 262, bred by Sir Alexander Burnett, Bart., of Crathes, exhibited by Robert Walker, Portlethen.
Druid, one of the many celebrated animals of Cupbearer's get, was out of Dora 333, bred at Keillor. The strain seems to be extinct in the female line, but it was considered the best at Kinnaird. Druid and his sire Cupbearer are illustrated in volume i. of ‘Herd Book.’ “As a two-year-old, there has probably never been a finer specimen of the breed. He combined large size with fine quality and a most excellent temper.” Unfortunately he was not very useful at the stud, but the stock after him were uniformly good. Nightingale was purchased at Sir A. Burnett's sale in 1856 for £32, 5s. On the dam's side she represented the old established Aberdrenshire herd of Mr Walker, Wester Fintray. She passed successively into the Tillyfour and Ballindalloch herds.
Bull, STANDARD-BEARER 229, bred by Alexander Bowie, Mains of Kelly, exhibited by William M'Combie, Tillyfour.
Cow, THE BELLE 205, bred and exhibited by William M'Combie of Tilly four.
Standard-Bearer was after Hatton 30, and out of Lady Ann 2nd 346. The bull subsequently passed into the possession of Mr M'Kenzie, Lyne of Carron. His fame has not been perpetuated.
The Belle was out of Bloomer 201, of the Queen tribe, and after Angus 45. With her breeder she was a favourite cow.
Bull, WINDSOR 221, bred by William M’Combie of Tillyfour, exhibited by the Earl of Southesk.
Cow, FAIR MAID of PERTH 313, bred by William M'Combie, Tilly four, exhibited by John Collie, Ardgay.
Windsor, a son of the Queen cow Windsor 202 and Hanton 228, was bought from Mr Brown, Westertown, for £150 in money, and the bull calf King Charles 236.
He was a very fine animal, with grand fore-end and back,
Bull, YoUNG PANMURE 232, bred by William M’Combie, Tillyfour, exhibited by Alexander Bowie, Mains of Kelly.
Cow, PRIDE OF ABERDEEN 581, bred and exhibited by William M’Combie, Tillyfour.
Young Panmure was after Hanton 228, and out of Crinoline 204, a daughter of the Queen cow Charlotte 203. The first-prize cow of this year, Pride of Aberdeen, was one of the best of the breed. She was out of Charlotte 203, and after Hanton 228. As a yearling, two-year-old, and cow, she was invincible at the national shows. She was the best polled heifer that has yet been seen, and she founded a tribe that has acquired rare value.
Bull, ToM PIPES 301, bred and exhibited by Thomas Lyell, Shielhill.
Cow, MAYFLOWER 314, bred by Alexander Paterson, Mulben, exhibited by John Collie, Ardgay.
This was the “Shielhill year.” Tom Pipes having been the first-prize aged bull, and his half-brother Prospero 302, also belonging to Mr Lyell, the first-prize two-yearold. Both animals were after the Kinnaird bull Mariner
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