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Note: It is only fair to point out, however, that there are several inaccuracies in the below obituary from the Ramsbottom Observer dated October 10, 1919. According to Sylvia Barcroft, the information was given by a friend, Samuel Lund. Perhaps he was confused abut some of the information.

George Barcroft did not live at New Hall Farm in Edenfield for 30 years.  He moved there from Scout Moor later on in his life. According to the Longshaw trialing records, he was listed as living in Edenfield around the year 1910. Sylvia could never understand how George managed to move his furniture from Scout Moor to New Hall. It would have been difficult.

Also, White Bob was two or three years of age (not twelve years of age) in 1889 when he trialed in front of Queen Victoria at a Bala, Wales trial; it is true that George handled White Bob before the Kaiser of Germany in 1897, when White Bob would have been about eleven years of age. That would have been eight years after White Bob appeared before Queen Victoria, not two years before.

Sylvia noticed that the dates below for Preston Guild and Northern Counties may not be accurate.  See the "Trialing" page.

Death of a Ramsbottom Councillor

The Late Mr. G. Barcroft

A Well-Known Exhibitor

We regret to announce the death, which took place about 11:30 on Sunday night, of Councillor George Barcroft, of New Hall Farm, Edenfield. The deceased gentleman had been in failing health for about two years, suffering from an internal complaint. Born 64 years ago, at Scout Moor Bottom Farm, he had resided in the vicinity all his life, and for the past thirty years he had occupied Newhall Farm.

A Conservative in politics, Mr. Barcroft had represented North Ward on the Ramsbottom District Council since 1912, when he defeated the late Mr. Thomas Elton, the retiring member, by 25 votes, the figures being: Barcroft 286; Elton 261. The flag has flown half-mast on the Edenfield Conservative Club. The late Mr. Barcroft was a bachelor.

SUCCESSFUL SHEEP BREEDER

It is perhaps as a sheep-dog owner and exhibitor of sheep that Mr. Barcroft was best known, not only in this district, but all over the country.

As a breeder and exhibitor of lonk-sheep he had been most successful and had won many valuable prizes. The last occasion he exhibited was at Whitworth Agricultural show, just over a month ago when he entered four sheep and took three firsts and a second prize. He had figured as judge of lonk-sheep at many of the principal shows, and several years ago he was honoured by being appointed as one of the judges at the Royal Agricultural Society's show at Derby.

Since 1882 he had been at the forefront at sheep-dog trials, and he claimed to have won about ₤2,500 in money prizes and trophies with his dogs. At the time of his demise we are given to understand that he was the senior active member on the list of those taking part in sheep-dog trials at the present day, and that he has won more prizes than any other man with working sheep-dogs.

It was at Preston Guild, in 1882, that he first entered the arena with a dog named "Old Nip." Two years later , on September 5th; 1884, he won the Northern Counties' (Westmorland, Cumberland, Lancashire and Yorkshire) championship with "Trim," and second in another class with "Old Nip," the mother of the former.

The late Mr. Barcroft had given exhibitions all over Great Britain, and in 1898 he won a gold medal at the Frankfort (Germany) Collie Club show for working sheep-dogs with his famous champion, "White Bob." Our representative was informed that the German Emperor was present on that occasion.

Two years prior to his visiting Germany, Mr. Barcroft won a first with the same dog at Bala (Wales). Queen Victoria witnessed the trials on that occasion. The dog at this period was about twelve years of age. Mr. Barcroft refused an offer of 75 guineas for the dog.

In 1900 Mr. Barcroft appeared at the Alexandra Palace, London, and won the premier award with a dog named "Rap," which he purchased from Mr. Samuel Lund, late of Keighley, to whom the "Observer" is indebted for this information regarding Mr. Barcroft's successes. It was announced that the Late King Edward was to have witnessed the performance on the latter occasion, but illness prevented his being present. After its success at Alexandra Palace, "Rap," won six firsts in succession at other shows, all the prizes being over ₤12 in value.

About twelve years ago Mr. Barcroft sold a dog for 80 guineas which is stated to be the highest price ever paid for a working sheepdog. The buyer of "Don" was a gentleman residing in Perthshire, Scotland."

A separate article was printed about George's interment at Shuttleworth. Among the many people in attendance was a Mrs. G. Barcroft, the wife of George's cousin, also named George Barcroft (son of James Barcroft). A representative of the Lonk Sheep Society was also noted as being in attendance. The gravesite with a large headstone mark where Jonathan Barcroft and his wife and eight of his nine children were buried. Elizabeth was not buried there so she was interred in her husband's family gravesite.

 

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