Monday, November 06, 2006

Cattle in Early Ireland

Found a lovely account of the history of cattle in Ireland. Go to the link
It made reference to Saint Ciaran (founder of Clonmacnoise) having a dun cow (for Dexter history in particular) and the note about brindle animals. We have a half Kerry in the milking string that is brindle.

It is interesting that they mention St. Ciaran. The name of my farm, Heamour Farm, is in reference to a town in Penzance, Cornwall (England) that a number of my family members came from. The flag of Cornwall has the cross of St. Piran. St. Piran and St. Ciaran are believed to be one and the same. Well some people believe so...

G,M, Carnochan

I found a reference to Mr. Carnochan exhibiting a herd of Kerry cattle at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition. He did recieve an award for this herd. Cannot find the origional link. Did find a notice in the Project Gutenberg on-line book NY at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St Louis 1904 by Ellis. It is on pg. 115. No Devons, Dexters, Dutch Belted, etc. Onlyodd" breed was Kerry at the expo.

I also found reference to his being a NY State Assemblyman in 1906. He was in Roxbury County, NY. Not a lot of info on the guy. I did find reference to a book he wrote after selling his animals. One of thos Big Hunter memoirs. Looking for more.