Nostalgia: Six Bute shepherds caught on camera at Glenmore farm

James Robertson's picture shows six Bute shepherds at Glenmore farm in the late 1950s or early 1960s.
James Robertson's picture shows six Bute shepherds at Glenmore farm in the late 1950s or early 1960s.

This picture, which features on the ‘Bits from Bygone Bute’ page in The Buteman’s February 28 edition, shows six Bute shepherds pictured at Glenmore farm in the north of the island in the late 1950s or early 1960s.

It was handed in by James ‘Tiger’ Robertson of Croc-an-Raer, and features the following local figures.

In the back row, from left to right, are Sandy McKirdy of Kerrycroy, Bob Campbell from the Plan and Ian Jones from Rhubodach; in the front row are Alan McDougall from Kilmichael, Jimmy Robertson from Glenmore (James’s father) and Neil Campbell from the Plan (Bob’s son).

The picture was taken during the group’s annual tour of the island’s farms to clip sheep - always an eagerly-awaited occasion among the shepherding fraternity.

Says James: “The first thing they made sure they did was to take a crate of beer along with them!”

* If you have any pictures of the people, places or events of bygone days on Bute, why not share them with other readers? Scanned digital images - with a file size of at least 1MB if possible - can be emailed to news@buteman.com, while prints can be posted or handed in to The Buteman, 5 Victoria Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 0AJ. Please include an SAE for return of prints by post. Thanks in advance!