Wovember Words #14
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.