During the early
years of the twentieth century the late Sir Jock Buchanan-Jardine began a
breeding programme on his Castlemilk Estate in Dumfriesshire. Using Manx
Loghtan, moorit Shetland and wild Mouflon, he developed a breed to beautify his
parkland and provide fine, kemp free moorit coloured wool.
On the death
of Sir John Buchanan-Jardine in 1970 the majority of the flock was culled and a
few dispersed, including six ewes and a ram which were bought by Joe Henson at
the Cotswold Farm Park. All today’s Castlemilk Moorits are descended from these
few dispersed sheep.