|Our New Patron|
We are delighted to welcome Her Grace the Duchess of Buccleuch as the Club's new Patron.
This appointment has special significance because of the historic links between Dandie Dinmont Terriers and past Dukes of Buccleuch. It is said that every Dandie Dinmont alive today can trace its lineage back to 'Old Ginger', who was sired by 'Old Pepper', a poacher's dog found in a trap on the estate of the 5th Duke of Buccleuch (Walter Francis, 1806-1884)
According to Charles Cook in his book of 1885...
'The late Walter Francis, Duke of Buccleuch and Queensferry, K.G., was in his earlier days a keen fancier of the Dandie Dinmont terrier. His Grace's brother, Lord John Scott, also took a great interest in the breed, and the kennels at Bowhill contained therefore for a long period some of the choicest specimens of the Pepper and Mustard race. Duke Henry, third Duke of Buccleuch, and grandfather of the late Duke, had been in his day also famous for his terriers, which were of the old Border breed from which have sprung, as I believe, the Dandie Dinmont.'
The 3rd Duke, Henry, was portrayed by Gainsborough in 1770 with an early Dandie Dinmont. An etching from that portrait can be found in Charles Cook's book 'The Dandie Dinmont Terrier - Its History and Characteristics'.