A NEW history of the North-east’s iconic breed of beef cattle, the Aberdeen-Angus, has been published by the North-east A-A Club.

The 100-page, 40,000 word book was launched last week during a visit to Tillyfour, Alford – one of the great ancestral homes of the breed – by 250 delegates from 27 countries attending the World Aberdeen-Angus Forum – in Scotland for the first time since 1977. All delegates were presented with a copy of the book, signed by the author and journalist, Eddie Gillanders.

The book recounts the story of the early development of the Aberdeen-Angus by breed pioneers, Hugh Watson (1780–1865) of Keillor, Newtyle, in Angus; William McCombie (1805-1880); of Tillyfour, Alford, in Aberdeenshire, and Sir George Macpherson-Grant (1839-1907), of Ballindalloch.

The book is available, priced £20, from Deeside Activity Park, Dess, Aboyne (Tel: 013398 83536, info@deesdieactivitypark.com); from farm shops on the North-east A-A Trail, or from Eddie Gillanders, 11 Sunnyside Gardens, Drumoak, Banchory. AB31 5EZ (Tel: 01330 811616, eddie@farmnortheast.co.uk)