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Kit Reid was interviewed several times via telephone prior to his passing in May of 2003. What appears below is some of what Kit was willing to share.

Kit started breeding Beardies prior to, or around, World War II. He discussed his fondness for the breed. Kit said he once owned many pictures, but no longer knew where they were. He was honored to be asked to share his memories.

In one phone conversation, Kit related that his brother, Archie Reid, bred Scott, who became the sire of Blue who later became known as Turnbull's Blue. Morland bred his bitch, Nan, to Archie's Scott. Kit said that Archie subsequently loaned Scott to G. Howieson.

Though Kit was quite modest, it seems that he was well regarded by Matt Mundell.

When visiting the "History:Timeline:1950-2000s," you will note that author Matt Mundell made mention of Kit in his book, Country Diary, published in 1981 by Gordon Wright Publishing, Edinburgh, Scotland. (See 1981 entry.) Mundell wrote 23 chapters wherein he put forth some of his experiences and recollections from his 14 years of gathering material for articles in The Scottish Farmer.

In his fourth chapter entitled "The Long Gather," page 35, Mundell wrote about one of the gathers he attended.:

"Ernie MacPherson and Archie Campbell had cleaned the tops of sheep at the back of the mountains. Old hand Jimmy Waddell and Donald Beaton had taken some of the weight of the ever-enlarging flock along the bottom. Between them, coming from either side, seven others with brown dog, blue merle, beardie and hunter had tidied up the face and the rocks, leaving Lechdain's three mile stretch denuded of stock. Well, almost."

On page 36, he further wrote about the "hunter." One was descibed as a beardie:

That worthy, Kit Reid on his own ground, fitted in below Ernie, combing the high pads with one of the country's most colourful dog squads including blue-merles Cora and Corrie and the grey Rock on his first-ever gather and A.W.O.L. at the end of it. He would come back no doubt later that day. Kit had with him too, as well as these Skye-blooded rarities, the tough red beardie collie Rhuardh with the blood of Mull. The hunters have value untold on days like that on the upper rims of rock, scree and gully.

The adjective "worthy" was considered a great compliment.

Paul, another shepherd from Scotland who also contributed to this website, shared some words about two of Kit's Beardies, which came to him after Kit's death.

"Meg was bred by the late Kit Reid, a shepherd from Scotland. Meg was a very fast learner. She was working her first lambing at six months of age. Lambing is a subject that would require a lot of writing about. It includes holding ewes and lambs together for mothering up (on the hills), catching ewes with pregnancy problems, taking ewes and newly born lambs to new pastures (leaving their flockmates behind), etc.

I am not particularly anxious to start Beardies working on stock at such a young age. But again, you must judge dogs individually. This particular dog was exceptional at almost any chore I gave her at this very early age. Do not be misled. Generally, my feelings are that a dog that starts early does not always end up being the best at work. A slow starter, on the other hand, usually ends up being the better worker.

Meg today does whatever task she is asked. I have one bitch puppy out of Meg that I am hopeful will work into a nice working dog.

Oscar is the littermate to Meg. He came to me at the same time as Meg. Oscar was a slow starter. What this means is that although he WANTED to work early on, he did not have the maturity to do so. Dogs mature in different ways. In Oscar’s case, he could not handle “pressure.” Often when certain situations arise, shepherds know which dogs can handle pressure. Just because a young dog cannot handle such a situation does not mean that he will not be able to do so fully mature. Oscar was left alone until approximately two years of age, and then, he just developed quickly in leaps and bounds.

I think the Meg-Oscar siblings prove what I’ve learned as a shepherd. Each dog is different. Just because Oscar was slower to develop did not lessen his worth to me in any way. Patience can be a virtue. I have a hard time remembering this, and reminding myself has paid off on more than one occasion."

Paul and Carol also shared two images of Meg and Oscar.




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