North Ronaldsay (sheep)
Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:
Ewart writes that he is enclosing a report on the wool from Watson, Wallace's assistant, although he has not yet heard about the Iceland wool. He would like to have the Ronaldsay sheep, and understands that they live between a wall and the sea and feed mainly on seaweed.
Elwes writes about his forthcoming visit to Shetland. Barrett-Hamilton, who is studying the mammals of Great Britain, might be able to advise Ewart in Ireland. Elwes hopes Ewart will be able to find a small park where they can deposit the Orkney and Shetland sheep which Ewart is getting.
Elwes writes that he has received a letter from Duncan Robertson of Kirkwall to say that he had got Elwes a pair of North Ronaldsay sheep. Elwes will ask him to send them to Ewart and he is welcome to keep them for a year if they are of interest. He is also enclosing 50 copies of the circular and can provide a list of the recipients.
Elwes writes that if Duncan Robertson cannot keep the two North Ronaldsay sheep until September, he has been instructed to send them to Ewart.
Elwes asks Ewart what the Ronaldsay sheep were like, and whether Eagle Clark is back from St Kilda yet. He reports that they have an acknowledgement of their application from the Board of Agriculture. He also mentions that he will be visiting the wool manufacturer Sanderson.
Letter is undated, although marked 'Sunday', which appears to place it around 8th October (ie the Sunday before the following letter, Coll-14/9/17/65).
Letter to James Cossar Ewart from Henry John Elwes, with enclosed letter to Elwes from Duncan Robertson, [c.18 June 1911]
Elwes instruct Ewart to send the ewe hoggs to Cheltenham. He enquires whether Ewart would like to have the sheep mentioned in Robertson's letter, as he would like a photograph of them. This letter is undated.
Robertson's letter to Elwes, dated 15 June 1911, states that he will be able to procure a ram and ewe from North Ronaldsay.
Letter to James Cossar Ewart from Henry John Elwes, with enclosed letter to Elwes from J.G Kerr of H.C. Stephens, 22 June 1911
Elwes writes on 22 June 1911 that he will order the Ronaldsay sheep for Ewart. He hopes that Ewart will compare the fleece of 'Murrat' ewe mentioned by H.C Stephens with Cowan's fleeces. Elwes is hoping to get Ewart a fleece of purebred Ryeland, which he believes makes a good cross with the Welsh sheep.
The letter from H.C Stephens, dated 19 June 1911, informs Elwes that he will send him the 'Murrat' ewes shortly, and confirms that he has sent the fleece to Ewart.