Wovember Words #14

The Wovember Word of today is MACGREGOR, and was selected by our very own Kate Davies. She found it in the Online Gallery of the National Galleries Scotland website.

Macgregor was a Scottish blackface sheep owned by James R. Dempster of Ladyton. An albumen print from around 1890 of this fabulous ram is in the collections of the National Gallery of Scotland, and as their acquisition information tells us:

“Shown here is the most common variety of sheep in the Scottish Borders and Highlands – the Scottish Blackface. Their wool is highly prized for its hardwearing qualities and the Blackface horns add a distinctive look to walking sticks and shepherds’ crooks. Photographs of livestock were not uncommon during the turn of the century, as landowners took pride in their husbandry. The side view gives us a clear idea of the physical qualities of the breed: the long thick fleece, the curvy horns, the black face and the magnificent posture.”


MacGregor, a Scottish Blackface of magnificent posture

About the photographer:

Charles Reid (Scottish, active 1880 – 1900)
Born 1838 in the Aberdeenshire market town Turriff, Reid appears to have spent the majority of his career as a professional photographer in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire. He gave lectures to the Edinburgh Photographic Society in the 1880s and 1890s and published an article ‘Some Notes on Animal Photography’ in the journal ‘The Practical Photographer’ 1895.

This entry was posted by tomofholland.

One thought on “Wovember Words #14

  1. Magnificent indeed! My grandfather grew up in Turriff and ended his days in Torry. He apparently used to drive sheep down to London in the 1800s. Will have to ask my Mum more about that, although the large family was split up when she was 9 due to the necessities of poverty, so she is sketchy about the details. So nice to keep up with all things woolly and Scottish through these blog entries. Thank you.

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