Describes a supposed cross between a cow and a red deer or doe.
At our cattle shew today there was exhibited an odd
looking beast supposed to be a cross between a Highland cow
and a red deer or roe— It has much of the deer head, and
legs, it is a dun, the hair curley, on body, and nearly bare
on legs. I did not see it at liberty but it is said to go
with the long trot of the deer and to carry its head looking
about like them. It strikes one on looking at it to have as
much of the deer as cow about it. All that the owner,
If this is a curiosity and anything occurs to you to ask I
will put the questions, or you could ask them of M
Believe me Dear Darwin | Yours faithfully | J Brodie Innes
- f1 6493.f1Innes refers to a breed of Bos taurus native to Scotland (Highland cattle), to Cervus elaphus scoticus (the red deer), and to Capreolus capreolus (the roe deer).
- f2 6493.f2Blervie castle is five miles south-east of Forres in northern Scotland. Mr McDonald has not been identified.
- f3 6493.f3The veterinary surgeon, Mr McLean, has not been further identified.
- f4 6493.f4Mr Key has not been further identified.