Jack Maxwell passed away aged 94, at the beginning of February, peacefully and surrounded by his family.  
Jack, who established the first Charollais sheep flock in Scotland in 1978, was born at Nether Hutton, near Lockerbie, one of a family of five girls and two boys.
Although an upland hill farm, Nether Hutton ran a large dairy herd. In 1930, the family added the neighbouring farm by buying the Gall. This brought the acreage to 1100.  As well as increasing the dairy herds, the farms also ran beef, sheep and hens.  
In 1944, Jack’s father, John, mother, Janet, and brother, Malcolm, who later married Margaret Neill, from Thornington, moved to Doddington, an 1100-acre arable and stock farm near Wooler, in Northumberland, where, unusually for the area, a large dairy herd was established alongside arable cropping.  
People would travel many miles to watch the 20 or so pair of heavy horse travelling on the road to the plough fields.  
In 1949, Jack married Isobel Moir, who survives him. They had three children, John, Barbara and Beth.  
John and his wife, Carole, farm in Cambridgeshire with daughter Gemma. Barbara and husband, Ian, farm near Lockerbie, with son Andrew. Beth and her husband, Robin, farm near Castle Douglas.  
Jack’s oldest sister, Betty, diversified and bought a hotel in Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae.  
Sister Margaret and her husband, Tom Burnie, farmed at Catlins, near Lockerbie, while another sister, Ina, married Gilbert Baird and farmed at Harpertoun, near Kelso.  
Sisters Jessie and Netta moved to Shotton, near Yetholm, when Netta married David Harvey.  
Margaret, who survives, Malcolm, still farms with their four children at Doddington. Jack is also survived by five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.