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Henry Panmure Gordon (Harry) [1837-1902] attended the University of Oxford and founded a stockbrokerage firm that still bears his name. In the dog world, he was a founder and first president of the Scottish Kennel Club, which drew up its constitution in 1881. He was also Honorary President of the Scottish Collie Club for 1890-1891. Tim Linacre, CEO of H. Panmure Gordon, gave his blessings on using this picture of Mr. Gordon on this website. Unfortunately, no other photo of Mr. Gordon with dogs was available from Mr. Linacre.

This image was included in Charles Henry Lane's article of 1902 for Dog Shows and Doggy People.

Lane wrote:

"This gentleman has for many years been a prominent figure amongst Doggy People, not only as a spirited buyer, breeder, and occasional exhibitor of several varieties of dogs, but also as a member of the Committee of the Kennel Club and the President of the Scottish Kennel Club. He has been a zealous supporter and patron of any undertakings for the benefit of dogs and Doggy People, and enjoys popularity with a very large circle of friends and acquaintances in the Doggy World.

After leaving Harrow he went to the University of Bonn, on the Rhine, and then entered the Army with a commission in the 10th Hussars, with whom he passed four years. On retirement from the Army he took up commerce, and was five years in the mercantile firm of Lindsay & Co., Shanghai, China. While there he commanded the Shanghai Mounted Volunteer Rangers during the Taiping Rebellion.

On his return to England he entered the Stock Exchange, of which he has been an active member for the last thirty years; but, although essentially a busy man, he devotes what leisure he has to his favourite hobbies, which are dogs, salmon fishing, and the management of his properties.

He has more especially favoured the breeds of his native land—Collies and Scottish Terriers—and has had from time to time in his kennels many notable specimens of both varieties, as he is a firm believer in breeding from the best materials obtainable, and price does not form an obstacle if a specimen takes his fancy.

To give a list of those which have found a home in the Loudwater Kennels, at Rickmansworth, Herts, would be a lengthy affair—too much so, I fear, for a slight sketch like the present; but many of them have appeared in the prize lists of our leading shows.

He is a member of several of the West End Clubs and the Ranelagh Club at Barnes, and has been a princely supporter of the Scottish Kennel Club, which for the last twenty-five years has held the premier position in Scotland, where Mr. Panmure Gordon is probably the most popular man amongst Doggy People over the border.

He has also been the means of exporting a number of high-class Collies to friends in America, and, but for the difficulties attending the exportation of dogs, much more would have been done in this way, as there is no difficulty in finding buyers of really good dogs at the best prices; but the quarantine arrangements entail so much delay, risk, and expense, that it practically puts the extinguisher on the most ardent breeders and fanciers.

There are probably few, if any, in the ranks of Doggy People who have spent more on his hobby than the subject of this sketch, or done more for the benefit of his fellow-fanciers in many and various ways.

An excellent portrait of this gentleman with one of his Sheepdogs accompanies this slight notice."

The above image was also included in The Bearded Collie, by G. O. Willison, London: W. & G. Foyle Ltd. (1971). She referenced this image as being from Dog Shows and Doggy People. Mr. Gordon passed away in 1902 which was the same year Lane's book Dog Shows and Doggy People was published.

Drury (who served more as an editor than an author of original work) separately wrote a third edition of Dalziel's earlier book entitled British Dogs: Their Points, Selection, and Show Preparation, London: L. Upcott Gill, 1903. He was assisted by other writers. These collaborators were listed by name, and Panmure Gordon was listed as a "Specialist" for the Collies section (which likely contained the same wording as what was in the Dalziel's second edition).

"As will be gathered from this, there are two varieties of Collie as generally accepted-the Rough and the Smooth; but there is also a third, the Bearded Collie (Fig.41), which is often found in the sheep-markets of Perth, Stirling, and Falkirk. This is a purely working type of dog, and appears to be a combination of the Collie proper and the Old English Sheepdog. Unlike the latter, however, it is not bob-tailed. Classes for this distinctive-looking dog are provided at some shows and meet with a fair amount of success."

Figure 41 in Drury's book was a picture of a Bearded Collie. For some reason, the dog's name, nor his owner's name, was mentioned. Perhaps this was due to Mr. Gordon being the "specialist" on the writing for the collies.

Jock also appeared in Les Races de Chiens (shortened title), 1904 edition, by Bylandt. In this book, the same image is identified as Jock, a Highland or Bearded Collie, owned by Panmure Gordon.

Jock appeared again in Maxtee's The Collie as a Show Dog, Companion, and Worker in 1923.

This same image also appeared in Mrs. Willison's 1971 book mentioned above. She referenced the image to Drury's British Dogs, 3rd Edition, but no further information was given.

Bylandt also included a picture of Lassie, another Beardie, owned by Panmure Gordon.

Thanks to Margaret Dalriach, for assisting in providing these images and the Bylandt information.

Another image of Panmure Gordon appeared in the book entitled Dogs of Scotland by D. J. Thomson Gray.


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