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Letter to Henry John Elwes from James Cossar Ewart, 12 August 1912

Identifier: Coll-14/9/18/49

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Ewart writes from Lerwick, Shetland, that he would be happy to arrange to keep the 15 ewes and lambs at Fairslacks for a year at a fair price, although it will be best not to add to the permanent stock until the farm is taken over by the University in October or November that year. At an exhibition on Shetland he saw a ewe as small as the one in the British Museum from Papa Stour with goat-like horns and a very short tail, as well as a hornless, short-tailed ewe with white patches at Foula; both of which he hopes to get eventually for the Museum. He expects the Board of Agriculture for Scotland will give good prizes the following year for moorit or white Shetland rams on condition that they are available for crofters. He concludes by reporting that North Ronaldsay sheep are apparently degenerate specimens of two or more varieties of the Shetland sheep.


  • Creation: 12 August 1912


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