Old Jock was calved in 1842, and is six generations removed from the two bulls, Bannatyne Sandy and Tarnty Jock, with which Hugh Watson started breeding at Keillor in 1808. Though he was intensely in-bred his portrait shows him to have been a bull of rare substance. He was variously described as “the invincible Jock,” “the noblest Roman of them all,” and “the Hubback of the black polls".
Cupbearer, calved in 1850, was a very massive, deep-chested, evenly-ﬂeshed bull, with very gay carriage and unsurpassed quality. Though not quite so perfect in his quarters as his son, Druid 225 or his half-brother, Hanton 228, there was really but little to ﬁnd fault with in him.
Druid 225, calved in 1854, was possibly the best bull of the breed seen till the appearance of Young Viscount 736. Druid was a long straight bull, with great style and carriage, his head and neck being considered superior to those of the later-time “crack.”
Panmure, calved in 1840, must be regarded as one of the most impressive sires the breed has produced. His relation to the polled herds north of the Grampians has been compared to that of Hubback to the early shorthorn herds. It is on record that before Panmure was introduced into Aberdeenshire by Mr Farquharson Taylor, Wellhouse, Alford, the “Forfarshire breeders always beat the Aberdeenshire ones, but after that vice versa.”
Iliad, bred by Mr James Argo, Cairdseat, Aberdeenshire, and calved in 1882, had not the depth, substance, and wealth of a Young Viscount, but it was the extraordinary success of Iliad as a getter which entitles him to be ranked as one of the foremost sires of the century. He left more sires of ﬁrst class reputation between 1885 and 1893 than almost any other Aberdeen-Angus herd has produced in the course of its whole history.
Justice, bred by Sir George Macpherson-Grant, and calved in 1878 was considered by some good judges as the best bull that had been seen up to that time. He had a beautifully clean-cut head, with a high blooded look about him, and had excellent barrel and quarters, but he exhibited a slackness round the waist, which always gave his attendant trouble in the show ring. His attractive carriage and symmetry enabled him as a rule to hold his own with the best bulls of his day.
Mosstrooper, bred by Lord Tweedmouth, Guisachan, and calved in 1882, has sometimes been classed with Iliad as a sire of extraordinary potency, whose produce in the male line for some years was next to invincible. The portrait of Mosstrooper which shows him as a yearling and in lean condition, does him great injustice, exaggerating his somewhat faulty underline and want of thighs. He was a bull, however, with good quarters, he carried his top well and exhibited more breed character than shown.
Bred by Mr Robert Walker, Portlethen, Palmerston calved in1866, was the best stock bull that Mr Walker ever had. He was a better bull-getter than a heifer-getter, and is remembered from the fact that his produce all round were good, and that he had few failures: Palmerston was a lengthy, stylish bull, with plenty ﬂesh of good quality, remarkably well down in his thighs, and with well-placed shoulders.
Prince Albert of Baads, bred by Mr George Reid, Baads, Peterculter, Aberdeenshire, and calved in 1877, was one of a number of remarkable animals which were bred in the small herd of a hard-working tenant farmer. Prince Albert had a remarkable show yard career. Wherever he went he conquered and he was considered one of the best bulls of modern times, if not indeed at any time.
Young Viscount, bred by Mr William Duff, Hillockhead, Glass and calved in 1873, was the bull of the century. There have been bulls which had more bewitching gaiety about them, but none that have possessed in such a superlative degree preeminence in point of quality, none that could be compared with him as a model of a great beef-producing breed. He did not require to be prepared for the showyard, as he never lost ﬂesh or form, and his career in public was a triumphal procession.