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A mighty Morvern bull

I AM not one of those people who revel in coincidences. Some friends seem to attract them – to be coincidence-prone, as others are accident prone, or prone to catching a cold.

To one not normally a magnet for such events, an inquiry about an historic Highland bull from an unexpected and unrelated quarter, on the eve of the 120th autumn show and sale of Highland cattle in Oban last week, was all the more memorable.

In October 1897, a talented artist came to Morvern as a guest of London distiller Thomas Valentine Smith, who inherited the 41,000-acre Ardtornish estate from his father in 1871.

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