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1861. Skyrocket (15306), bred by and the property of Lord Feversham.
Dnchess 77th (H. B., XIV., p. 430), bred by and the property of Captain Gunter, Wetherby Grange.
Twice in the history of the royal shows the son of a premier-bull has succeeded to his father's honors. This was first done at Shrewsbury in 1845, when the first prize was adjudged to Cramer, a son of Sir Thomas Fairfax, the winner at Bristol in 1842; and the second instance was in the case of Skyrocket, whose pure Bates sire 5th Duke of Oxford was the first bull at Chester in 1858. Swift, the dam of Skyrocket, is descended in a direct line from a Booth family crossed latterly with bulls of Kirklevington blood, and of the various strains belonging to Lord Feversham. Mr. Bate's Liverpool first prize winner, Cleveland Lad, was one of Skyrocket's bloodpredecessors. By the way, an inadvertent omission in Skyrocket's pedigree in the Herd-book may be noticed here. The bull Expectation (3749) is in the line of sires, and ought to have come in between Young Grazier and Emperor.
The connections of Duchess 77th are of extraordinary splendor. In her the purest and most fashionable Kirklevington blood is highly concentrated. Her sire, 6th Duke of Oxford, and her dam, Duchess 70th, were both by Duke of Glo'ster, and their dams both by 5th Duke of York. Sixth Duke of Oxford is own brother to Lord Feversham's Chester prize bull, 5th Duke of Oxford. At the Tortworth sale in 1853, Captain Gunter gave for Duchess 70th, then only one month old, 310 guineas, and he purchased 6th Duke of Oxford, when a yearling, at the Hendon sale in 1855, for the sun of 200 guineas.
BATTERSEA, 1862. Lord Adolphus (18208), bred by and the property of Mr. Wood, Stanwick Park, Darlington.
Queen of the Ocean (H. B., XIII., p. 673), bred by and the property of Mr. Richard Booth.
By his sire (the Warlaby bull Cardigan) Lord Adolphus is at once half Booth; there is also a fraction of Booth beyond. The dam of Lord Adolphus, Lady Annabella, was a daughter of Mr. Wetherell's finely bred bull Whittington, from Lady Ann by Noble, a Booth and Mason bull. The rest of the pedigree, with the exception of two crosses (Mr. Spearman's Newton and Captain Barclay's Emperor), consists of Chilton names.
Queen of the Ocean closes our list. The first Royal bull was bred by Mr. Bates; the last Royal cow, by Mr. Booth. The Alpha and Omega are Bates and Booth. Queen of the Ocean is distinctively a representative cow; the embodiment of many generations of honored ancestors. Some of the choicest families belonging to the aristocracy of Short-horns are summed up in her. Beginning with Suwarrow and ending with Crown Prince, her pedigree, equally excellent in every part, comprehends a series of historic names identificd with extraordinary merits and extraordinary successes. Her dam, Red Rose, was a breeder of winners. Within four years—that is, from the 5th November, 1854—she gave birth to five calves, all of whom have distinguished themselves in the showyard; Queen of
May, Queen Mab, Lord of the Valley, Queen of the Vale, and the subject of the present remarks, Queen of the Ocean.
From the preceding list it appears that at the twenty-yearly exhibitions of the Royal Society, fourteen first prizes in the first Class for bulls and for cows were taken by animals of pure Booth blood; thirteen cows and one bull. Four of the winners were bred by Mr. Jobn Booth; nine by Mr. Richard Booth, and one (Col. Towneley's Beauty) by Mr. Bannerman of Chorley. Nothing like this has been done by any other blood. The Bates and the Towneley animals come next in honors. Six of the former, in the hands respectively of Mr. Bates, Captain Gunter and Lord Feversham, and an equal number of the latter (though one of these was the pure Booth blood cow Beauty) have carried off first prizes.
We add to the foregoing list, the prize awards of 1863:
WORCESTER, 1863. Duke of Tyne (17751), bred by M. Spraggon, Nafferton Stocksfield, Northumberland; sire, “ Richard Coeur de Lion” (13590); bred by Mr. Towneley, Towneley Park.
" Pride of Southwick," bred by Mr. Stewart, Southwick, Dumfries, Scotland; sire, " Mac Turk" (14872); exhibited by Emily, Lady Pigot, Brancbes Park, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire.
PRIZE ANIMALS WHICH RECEIVED THE FIRST PREMIUM BY THE NEW YORK STATE AGRICUL TURAL SOCIETY FROM 1841 TO 1863.
ARCHER (3028.) Bred by Francis Rotch, Otsego county, N. Y., the property of J. M. Sherwood, Auburn. Calved in 1837. Got by Rolla (4991). Dam (Adeliza) bred by Mr. Whittaker, by Frederick (E. H. B., vol. 4, p. 26.)
Bred by Francis Rotch, the property of J. M. Sherwood, Auburn, N. Y. Calved in 1836. Got by North Star (2382). Dam, Stately, by Young Denton (963). (E. H. B., vol. 5, p. 971.)
Bred by and the property of E. P. Prentice, Albany, N. Y. Calved Acgust 14th, 1837. Got by Ajax (2944). Dam (Prim). (E. H. B., vol. 4, p. 327.)
Bred by Hon Adam Fergusson, Woodhill, C. W., the property of L. F. Allen, Black Rock, N. Y. Calved February 18th, 1837. Got by Agricola (imp.), (1614) out of Cherry, (bred by Mr. James Chimp, Northumberland, England.) (A. H. B., vol. 1, p. 115.)
PANSY 20. Bred by Gen. Stephen Van Rensselaer, Albany, the property of J. M. Sherwood, Auburn; calved August 29th, 1836. Got by Ajax (2944) out of Sprightly by Washington (1566); Pansey by Blaize (76). (A. H. B., vol. 1, p. 210.)
Bred by and the property of George Vail, Troy. Calved 25th July, 1841. Got by Duke of Wellington, 55, (3654) (imp. by G. Vail] out of Duchess, imp. by Mr. Vail, bred by Mr. Bates] by Duke of Northumberland (1940.) (A. H. B., vol. 1. p. 115.)
Bred by the property of James Lenox, Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Calved in 1834. Got by Hubback, (2142); dam by Don Juan (1923.) (E. H. B., vol. 5, p. 841.)
O'CONNELL. Bred by and the property of E. P. Prentice, Albany. Calved 11th January, 1842. Got by Sir Peter (5173); dam, (Moss Rose) by Barden (1674.) (E. H. B., vol. 4, p. 685.)
PHILOPENA. Bred by and the property of J. M. Sherwood, Auburn. Calved 1843. Got by Archer (3028); dam, Pansy 2d, by Ajax (2944). (E. H. B.) (A. H. B., vol. 1. p. 212.)
SYMMETRY. Bred by George Vail, Troy, the property of J. M. Sherwood, Auburn, N. Y. Calved 30th July, 1842. Got by Duke of Wellington, 55, (3654) out of Duchess by Duke of Northumberland (1940). (A. H. B., vol 1, p. 131.)
LADY BARRINGTON. Bred by Mr. Bates, England, the property of George Vail, Troy. Calved 1829. Got by a son of Herdsman (304); dam (Young Alicia) by Wonderful (700.) (E. H. B., vol. 1, 2 and 3., 1847, p. 390.)
MARIUS. Bred by Earl Spencer, imported by Mr. Oliver, Westchester county, N. Y. Calved 1842. Got by Roman (2561); dam, Sophia, by Waverly (2820), the property of Bell & Morris, Fordham, N. Y. (E. H. B., vol 2, p. 181.)
Bred by T. Bates, England; imported by and the property of George Vail, Troy. Calved May 23d, 1840. Got by Cleveland Lad (3407,) out of Hawk. eye, (vol. 1, p. 185) by Red Rose Bull (2493), by Rex (1375,) bred by Mr. Richardson. (A. H. B., vol. 2, p. 400.)
METEOR 2D. Bred by George Vail, Troy; owned by Z. B. Wakeman, Herkimer, N. Y.; calved 1845. Got by Meteor (1181,) by Duke of Wellington (3654) imported; bred by Thomas Bates, Kirkleavington. Dam, Young Willey got by York out of Old Willey, imported. (A. H. B., Vol. 1, p. 238).
31) DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE (5941). Bred by Thomas Bates, Eng.; the property of J. M. Sherwood, Auburn; got by Duke of Northumberland (1940) out of Waterloo 3d by Belvidere
(1706), Waterloo lst by Waterloo (2816), Lady Antrim by Waterloo (2816). (A. H. B., Vol. 2, p. 244).
CHARLOTTE. Bred by E. P. Prentice, Mount Hope, Albany; the property of S. P. Chapman, Clockville; calved Nov. 1840; got by Leopard (4213), out of Matilda by White Jacket (5647).
3D DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE, (5941). Above received certificate.
ESTERVILLE 3D. Bred by E. P. Prentice, Mount Hope, Albany; the property of George Vail, Troy; calved Sept. 1846; got by O'Connell (6258), out of Esterville 2d by Dan O'Connell (3557). (A. H. B., Vol. 2, p. 369).
EARL OF SEAHAM (10181). Bred by John Stephenson, Eng.; imported by and the property of A. Stevens and J. M. Sherwood, Auburn; got by Earl of Antrim (10174), out of Primrose by Napier (6238). (A. H. B., Vol. 2, p. 138).
—; the property of L. G. Morris, Fordham; calved May 11, 1843; got by Magnum Bonum; dam (Victoria) by Lewellyn. (L. G. Morris' Catalogue of 1854).
HALTON (11552). Bred by George Vail, Troy; the property of S. P. Chapman, Clockville, Madison Co.; calved March 27, 1855; got by Meteor 104 (11811), out of imp. Lady Barrington 3d by Cleaveland Lad (3407). (A. H. B., Vol. 2, p. 156).
RED ROSE 2p. Bred by John Stephenson, England; calved Nov. 1846; got by Napier (6238) out of Tuberose by South Durliam (5281); the property of John M. Sherwood, Auburn, N. Y. (A. H. B., Vol. 2, p. 532).
ROMEO (1369). Bred by the Marquis of Exeter, Burghley Park, Eng.; the property of Morris and Becar, New York; calved April, 1850; got by Columbus (10063), dam (Juliet) by Fairfax Royal (6987). (E. H. B., Vol. 11, p. 229).
OXFORD 13th. Bred by the executors of Mr. Bates, Eng; the property of N. J. Becar, New York; calved January 7th, 1850; got by 3d Duke of York (10166)