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Scots village marks breeding of first retriever

Some of the dogs head for the bronze statue.  Picture: Peter Jolly

Some of the dogs head for the bronze statue. Picture: Peter Jolly

FORGET the black and white dalmations – 101 golden retrievers descended on a Highland village yesterday.

They were in remote Tomich, Inverness-shire, with their owners for the unveiling of a bronze statue on the estate where the first golden retriever was bred.

The dogs trotted along the village’s only street led by a piper to the site of the statue where there were celebratory drams all round.

The first golden retriever was bred on the Guisachan Estate in 1868 by the then owner, Dudley Marjoribanks, later to become Lord Tweedmouth.

And yesterday his eighth cousin three times removed, Andrew Marjoribanks of That Ilk, chieftain of the Marjoribanks clan, was there to honour his famous ancestor.

He said: “It’s been a terrific day, never mind about the rain. It is amazing to think that 150 years after he started the breed is popular all over the world.”

 

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