L-R William Campbell (Holm of Daltallochan); W McDowall (small boy at Keirs); Sam Johnstone (Boat House, Grimmet); John MacFadzean (Benwhat); ?; David Scott (Keirs); Tam Ferguson (Lochhead); Walter Scott (Drumrange); Bob Dickson (Jellieston)
“McMillan’s Treatise on Pasturage of Sheep, 1790”
This Treatise on Sheep Management has been very kindly lent to the Group
by the Ewart Library, Dumfries, and is the only copy at present know
to exist. They have also supplied us with the photocopies of the complete
book, and we are most grateful to them.
The book is unique on two counts:
Firstly- it is the very first book ever to treat solely on sheep
management, and remained so for a hundred years, although, of course, other
books on general farming matters touched on sheep as well.
Secondly – it is written by a member of probably the oldest Carsphairn
family, who have been land-owners, traditionally, since Bruce’s time, and
flockmasters as long as there have been sheep in the parish.
Anthony McMillan, Writer to the Signet, the author, although born just over
the Parish boundary at Corlae on 9th January 1759, was a branch of the
family who owned Dalshangan, and are all buried in Carsphairn Kirkyard,
including himself. He was unfortunately drowned in the Ken, near Earlstoun
while returning, from visiting Mr. Barbour of Bogue, (Bogue Toll, Dalry), to his
sister’s Mrs. Kennedy of Knocknalling, where he was living at that time,
in March, 1821.
L-R Wm Campbell, Holm of Daltallochan; W McDowall (small boy) Kiers, Sam Johnstone, Boat House Grimmet; John McFadzean, Benwhat; ?, David scott, Kiers; Tom Ferguson, Lochhead; Walter Scott, Drumgrange; Bob Dickson, Jellieston.
Back- R Wilson (Shiel), F Howatson (My Father), Young Sandy Bell, (Knockoroch), S Wilson (The Shiel), J Wilson (Castel Maddie), Sandy Bell’s Sons (Braidenoch). G J Howatson “ Please note Rob Wilson is using two sticks for dipping the sheep not bending over the dipper and doing them with his hands as I saw J Belford doing last week!).
Heritage Centre – Update on Progress, Stewarding; Comparison of Agriculture in 1891 and 1989 in Carsphairn Parish; Braxy; “Mrs Johnnie’s Carpet”; Notices: Committee Members, Membership reminder, American Airforce Memorial Plaque at Brockloch, Book Reviews.
Notices: Summer Exhibition, Competition Winners, Request for Information, Rhinns of Kells Walk, Recipe Books, Old Time Dance, AGM and Talk, Membership; Kirkyard Find; Extract from the Dumfries standard 1859- 130 years ago; Farming objects; Excerpt from Ayr Advertiser of July 1839; Saga of “Heather”; Woodhead by Alan Richards; A View of the Upper Ken; Archaeological Information: Kings Cairn (near Brounhills); A-Frame Building Project.