Best cow


Udderly unforgettable. A mooving experience. The world's biggest touring public art event came to Edinburgh in 2006. During a two-month coo d'etat 94 decorated fibreglass cows were displayed around the city, most to be auctioned for charity. The stars were "The Three Grazers", by Antonio Coonova, outside and, parodying the Three Graces inside the National Gallery. Also appearing were "Mosaicow", "The Cow's Pyjamas", "Nauti-coo-l", the traditionally built "Moo-Moo Ramotswe", "Cowcutta Cup Cow", etc.


In 1911 Lloyd George introduced National Insurance. Robert Paterson, of Lendrum Farm near Turriff, refused to pay. A fine was imposed, a white milk cow impounded to be sold in the Market Square.The cow escaped amid a riot as the Sheriff Officer was pelted with soot, neeps and divots. After recapture, sale at Aberdeen and purchase by Paterson's neighbours, she returned in triumph as a band played See the Conquering Hero Comes and was celebrated in poems and souvenirs.


McCowans Highland Toffee, the pride of Stenhousemuir, Scotland's iconic haute chewsine, is synonymous with the Highland cow logo. Andrew McCowan, whose creation first lifted spirits – and extracted teeth – in the depressed 1930s, started his working life herding Highland cows on Perthshire farms.


Once the road taken by Edinburgh's cows between the meadows at the west end of the Nor Loch and pastures under the shadow of Arthur's Seat. Now the nocturnal haunt of party animals, of the stag and hen variety, and well-watered wild students.


This painting, at Stirling's Smith Museum, is by Joseph Denovan Adam, Scotland's Claude Moonet and an early Coobist. JDA specialised in paintings of Highland cattle and in the late 19th century ran his "Country Atelier – A School for Animal Painting" near Stirling where students painted from a collection of sheep, donkeys, assorted fowl and a small fold of Highland cows.