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Letter to James Cossar Ewart from Lord Arthur Cecil, 06 October 1896

Identifier: Coll-14/9/2/17

Scope and Contents

Cecil thanks Ewart for updating him on news of the development of the foal 'Romulus', particularly the changes in the colour of its coat. He describes a pony stallion called Lord Ronald that his father once bought 'of the same breed as my stallion Highland Laddie years and years ago but no-one can trace it ever going to Rum.' He also remarks 'what you say about artificial fertilisation is most interesting and I am awaiting news of your Faroe Iceland pony most anxiously'.


  • Creation: 06 October 1896


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2 leaves

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Biographical / Historical

Ewart chose Mulatto, an Isle of Rum pony, because of her pure black colour (important for proving that Romulus' stripes came from the sire) and the fact that there was no known history of crossbreeding in the ponies. Lord Cecil's father owned the Isle of Rum and developed a great interest in the ponies.


From the File: 1 folder

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2 leaves

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