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A book entitled Sketches of Highland Character: Sheep-farmers and
Drovers, (1873) was first published in 1865 as part of four works in
one volume in "Odds and Ends" by Edmonston & Douglas, Edinburgh. The
1873 book was illustrated by W. Ralston. William Ralston (1848-1911) was
an illustrator and artist who later also did photography. He was born
in the Village of Milton, near Dumbarton, grew up in Glasgow when he
moved there as a child with his parents, traveled to Australia where he
lived for three years, and then later he returned to Glasgow to work in
his father's business of photography.
Ralston had been a cabin-boy one summer on board one of the Clyde
Steamers. It is likely that this was where he got firsthand knowledge to
illustrate this charming book about the voyage from Greenock near the
Port of Glasgow on the Firth of Clyde on route going North to the Port
of Oban via the Mull of Cantyre (Kintyre). This book
described a rough sea journey with a good description of one of the
shepherds who had been at Falkirk to sell a couple of his queys
(heifers). One of the illustrations showed a shepherd's collie dog and a
gentleman holding a crook. Discussion took place by the men who were
engaging in "drink" about how much money should be paid for the queys.
The book also included two engravings of Highland Cattle taken from
artwork by Gourlay Steell, RSA, (1819-1894).