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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).

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