Elwes writes from Shetland that he has not been able to find Cowan a grey ram but he has seen two tup lambs in Mr Gordon's flock which may prove to be the right colour. He reports that all the Shetlanders he spoke to inform him that the pure Shetland sheep can hardly be found now, but there are many sheep among the white and moorit which if carefully selected, bred and pastured, can be just as good. He is sure that breeding Shetland sheep could be a lucrative business, although he fears they would lose character if bred away from Shetland in the south of England.
Letter to Alex Cowan from Henry John Elwes, 11 June 1911, Coll-14/9/17/32. University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections.
Letter to Alex Cowan from Henry John Elwes, 11 June 1911, Coll-14/9/17/32. University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections. http://lac-archivesspace-live1.is.ed.ac.uk:8081/repositories/2/archival_objects/20025 Accessed September 27, 2023.