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After World War II ended (1945), the working Beardies continued to assist farmers and shepherds with the management of stock. During this same time period, the Beardie gained favor with people who were interested in showing his/her Beardie. A few articles and books about the Beardies have been published since the war ended. A few of the writings are presented within this section though most of them rely on earlier works already presented on this website.




Newtown Blackie


Capt. Clifford Owen and his wife, Dorothy, lived and worked in an area near Newtown. They met up with a shepherd who had an old dog. An offspring did not seem to be trainable, according to the shepherd, and Capt. Owen and his wife bought the dog (rather than see it put down). His name became "Blackie." After some research, the Owens were convinced they had a Scottish Bearded Collie. Thereafter, he bred his dog to one of Mrs. Willison's bitches. Capt. Owen stated he was not at all pleased that two different kinds of Beardies evolved: one type was for show and another type was for work. The latter type was smaller. He eventually gave up on breeding the working type of dog.

Capt. Owen was interviewed for this website (he passed away before this website was completed). He indicated he had hoped to keep a Blackie offspring named Ridgeway Rob. According to Capt. Owen, Rob was "wonderful," but he developed a skin condition which required his being put down (on advice from vets). He indicated the photo presented here of Newtown Blackie demonstrated what he preferred in a beardie's outline. Above all, he wanted the dog to be able to work.




Smith's 1950 Book



A. Croxton Smith wrote About Our Dogs: The Breeds and their Management. London: Ward, Lock & Co., Ltd. (1931). In a later printing (1950) he included a picture of Mrs. E. Cameron-Miller's Balmacneil Jock. See 1931 in the Timeline to view that image. See 1906 for a link to a listing of Smith's books. This link includes language from the 1950 edition.






Sydney Moorhouse, F.R.G.S., The British Sheepdog (1950) gave his opinion that the Bearded Collie was likely older than the Border Collie, but then again, he also identified Aubrey Hopwood as Aubrey Hammond. The text will be on the link.




Ted Jackson and Beardie


This photo is of Ted Jackson. He appeared in Sadie Ward's book, The Countryside Remembered (1991), page 73, where she wrote: "But the best men, like Ted Jackson, shown above in 1951, were reputed to have a wonderful way with animals and reckoned to save more lambs by patience, warmth and whisky than by any other means. Ted disapproved of destroying animals if there was any chance of treating them and was also opposed to what he held to be unnatural methods of farming, such as artificial fertilisers, which he was sure undermined animals' health." This photograph is licensed by the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) to this website. It is not to be reproduced in any manner without contacting MERL at the University of Reading in order to make arrangements for licensing use.

More about Ted Jackson under 1984 "Barker's Letter" below.




Cooke Pastel


Arthur Claude Cooke, a British artist, born in 1867; is believed to have died in 1951, but this has not been confirmed. He did several water colours, pencil on paper drawings, or pastels of dogs to include one of a Beardie-like dog. The owner of the original pastel indicated that no date appears on the image, but similar artwork by Cooke of a different dog was done in 1928.Therefore, this dog may have been rendered earlier in that century.




Cotswold Shepherd and Beardie


Walter Walton Handy (1870-1951) with a Beardie-like dog; he became known for a period of time as "The Cotswold Shepherd." This image was provided courtesy of Charwynne Dog Features.




Bearded Collies became recognized by the Kennel Club of Britain. Though Beardies were registered prior to this time, as is demonstrated on the Other: "Kennel Club" page, they were now starting anew.

Russell Greig assisted in the forming a Bearded Collie Club in Edinburgh, but this attempt did not survive due to the wars.






Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959), a British artist, entitled this image "The Michelmas Fair." A lovely Beardie-like dog stands in the foreground of the painting. The date of the painting is unknown. This image was provided by an anonymous source.




Robert Brown


Matt Mundell's article on Robert Brown appeared in The Scottish Farmer on Robert Brown. This article is copyrighted by The Scottish Farmer. It is not to be reproduced without written permission.




Greig's Article


Ada Bishop authored All about the Collie. She included a chapter near the end of her book entitled "The Bearded Collie." In this book, she included an artist's rendition of the Laird of Dunbiedykes owned by J. Russell Greig. Mr. Greig, however, was the breeder of the dog; he sold the dog to Robert Gordon. See 1908 entry.

What was valuable in her book was that she quoted Mr. Greig's article, written for the Collie Folio, in January, 1913.




Mrs. G. O. Willison authored The Bearded Collie. Mrs. Willison started breeding Beardies after World War II when she received her first Beardie named Jeanne bred from working parents. Mrs. Willison received her as a "mistake" from an agent, but she was so impressed with Jeanne that she not only kept her, she made an effort to make sure the breed continued. It is likely that she was unaware how many Beardies were still working on the hills of Scotland. In any event, the story of Mrs. Willison is well known among many present-day owners of Beardies.




Combe: Books


The late Iris Combe authored several books on herding dogs in Britain. Most of her information gathered on the working Beardies appeared in earlier works by other authors. For that reason, a listing of her books is provided without further commentary.




Matt's Crack


Matt Mundell's article appeared in The Scottish Farmer on Tommy Muirhead. This article is copyrighted by The Scottish Farmer. It is not to be reproduced without written permission.





Working Dogs


Ian Sinclair wrote his book Boot in the Stirrup (1973), published by A. H. & A. W. Reed, New Zealand. Mr. Sinclair included some images of his working Beardie-like dogs. These images are being included courtesy of Reed publishing at

This was one of the best books read by the preparers of the website.  Highly recommended if you are interested in working dogs.




The Complete Illustrated Collie, edited by Joe & Liz Cartledge, was published in 1973. The book included several chapters about various types of collie dogs. The section on the Bearded Collie was authored by Joyce Collis. She indicated the Bearded Collie Club formed in 1912. It was likely formed near the end of the year since J. Russell Greig indicated in his January, 1913 article for the Collie Folio that the Club had formed a few days prior to his article. See 1913 entry.




Joyce Collis wrote a book entitled All About the Bearded Collie. In 1992, she co-authored The Complete Bearded Collie with Pat Jones.




Sheila Grew


Sheila Grew wrote an article entitled "The Working Bearded Collie" for Working Sheepdog News in August 1981. Several pictures accompanied this article. Andrew Hall, Editor, International Sheepdog News (formerly Working Sheepdog News), gave permission for the article and accompanying photographs to be reproduced on this website.

Thanks to Mrs. E. B. Carpenter. A copy of this 1981 publication was also provided for reference and use, if needed, on this website.

The dog identified as a Smithfield in Sheila Grew's article (see below) is confusing. There is evidence to believe that the Beardie-like dog had many names to include being a Smithfield.

William Edward Millner (1849-1895) painted this oil. The owner of the painting believes the painting represents a beardie-like dog though it has been referred to as a Smithfield in the past.

Dr Clive Dalton did a Ph.D. in sheep breeding at the University of North Wales at Bangor. After lecturing for eight years in Leeds University, he moved to New Zealand to do research with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF). He wrote about the Smithfield as folllows: "A bit of a mystery dog, supposed to have come from the barking dogs used by drovers at Smithfield market in London. The Australians have added confusion by calling Beardie-types 'Smithfields'. The NZ Smithfield is like a small conventional huntaway type, and sometimes has a naturally bobbed tail."

In describing the Beardie, Dalton attributes the dog as being from Scotland, and refers to them being called "hunters."




Country Diary


Matt Mundell authored a book entitled Country Diary. This book included a chapter entitled "Strangers on the Hill." Some excerpts from the book appear here.




Carson I.A. Ritchie authored a book entitled The British Dog: Its History from Earliest Times. His book does mention Edward Ash's questioning of the waterdog to the bearded collie on page 167. Little is discussed about any type of collie. But what is helpful is his a chapter presenting a chronology of the British dog.






A later edition of the 1910 book A Shepherd's Life, was published with a foreward by Phil Drabble. This edition included a few images of the working Beardie type of dog some of which are quite similar to others appearing on this website. Due to the restrictions of copyright, the images in the book are not presented. However, one of the dogs (cropped from a larger image) from about c1900 is presented along side a cropped image of another working Beardie from c.1940s. The poses are quite similar.




Barker's Letter


Alan Barker wrote a letter to Ms. Gallatly describing what he learned about Ted Jackson and his Beardie. This link will take you to the page where his letter appears near the bottom of the page.




Ewart Article


An article was published in Farmer's Weekly regarding Malcolm Ewart and his working Beardies.




Major James G. Logan wrote an article which appeared in the Beardie Times in August, 1986. He wanted readers of his article to be aware there was no reason that a white Beardie should not be kept.

One of the shepherds introduced on this website specifically kept his white Beardies, and he experienced that they worked the sheep on the hills, even in snow, just as well as any other color. He provided images to demonstrate this.

The article was not produced here due to copyright issues.




Major Logan also wrote an article for the Beardie Times for Spring, 1987. This article discussed blue merles in Beardies. There are several blue merles working within Britain even today. Again, the article was not produced here due to copyright issues.




Fife Foxes Article and Bearded Collies


Derry Argue, British sportsman, was kind enough to allow us to retype his article which appeared in Shooting News and Weekly January 2-8 1987. The images were scanned from a copy.




Sheep in the Lane


It is unknown what date this photo was taken. It was placed in a book by Sadie Ward entitled The Countryside Remembered (1991), page 2. The book indicates the pictures therein dated from the 1930s to the early 1960s. The photo was entitled "Sheep in the Lane." This photograph is licensed by the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) to this website. It is not to be reproduced in any manner without contacting MERL at the University of Reading in order to make arrangements for licensing use.




Dog Historian David Hancock's The Heritage of the Dog was published (1990). Because much of Col. Hancock's writings appear on this website, nothing further will be offered here. Note: This is not the same David Hancock who is known for breeding lurchers.






Maureen Sale wrote an article entitled "The Working Bearded Collie." Several pictures accompanied this article. Maureen Sale gave her permission for this article to be presented. Andrew Hall, Editor, International Sheepdog News (formerly Working Sheepdog News), gave permission for the article (with accompanying photographs) to be reproduced on this website.




Dog Historian David Hancock's Old Working Dogs was published in 1998. Because Col. Hancock's writings appear on this website under History:Hancock, nothing further will be offered here.




Edward Hart article


The "Blue blood among the 'Beardies'" article was authored by Edward Hart for the Yorkshire Post, dated September, October 1998. Permission was granted by Mr. Hart. It is not to be reproduced without written permission.




Dog Historian David Hancock's Old Farm Dogs was published in 1999. Because Col. Hancock's writings appear on this website under History: "Hancock," nothing further will be offered here.




Shaggy Sheepdog History


Toni Teasdale wrote a lengthy piece for the The Millennium Book, 2000, for The Southern Counties Bearded Collie Club. This article is under copyright. Ms. Teasdale gave permission for the article to appear here.




Julie Simpson-Hill


Julie Simpson-Hill is an International Supreme Champion. She authored a book entitled "The Natural Way." She included some words about Bearded Collies. In addition, she shared a portion of an image from the family archives belonging to her former husband George, who once bred Bearded Collies. The date of the picture is unknown.




An Endangered Species?


Dr. Lynne Sharpe authored an article questioning the future of the Beardie. This article is under copyright. Dr. Sharpe gave permission for the article to appear here.

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