Historian on trail of medal winner

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Local historian David Orr has been delving into the background of a Kirrie Show medal winner featured previously in our paper.

The medal has been gifted to the organisers of the Kirriemuir Show, and it emerged it had been won by D T Cowpar at the Kirrie Show in 1897.

David has carried out some more research into the farmer who was the former chairman of the Kirriemur and District Agricultural Association. He died aged 54 on June 9, 1910 at Over Migvie on the Kinnordy Estate.

David revealed the obituary in The Kirrie Observer read: “Mr Cowpar was the son of the late James Cowpar, farmer, Over Migvie and received a business training in a branch of the British Linen Bank in Dundee.

“After the death of his father Mr Cowpar returned to the district and acquired the lease of Over Migvie, which he has held for over 30 years.

“Mr Cowpar proved a successful farmer, being a good grower of crops and a noted raiser of stock.

“His cattle and sheep were much sought after and he was invariably a prominent and successful exhibitor at the county shows and sales.

“From the time of its formation Mr Cowpar evinced a close interest in the work of the Kirriemuir District Agricultural Association.

“He had been a Director of the Association for nearly 20 years, and he regularly for a long period was elected a member of the Horse Committee. Mr Cowpar was held in popular esteem by all classes in the district and enjoying, as he did, the fullest confidence of his associates in agricultural circles he was much in demand for valuation and arbitration work.”

Mr Cowpar was survived by his widow and two sons.

The interest in the medal came after Staffordshire collector Roy Tidman donated it to the Kirrie Show committee. He had bought the medal in 2008 from a dealer in Virginia in the United States of America and wished to donate it back to Kirriemuir.