Show medal to go on display at Kirrie

The Champion Bullock Medal won by DT Cowpar at the Kirriemuir Show in 1897. The medal will be on display at this year's show on Saturday, July 13.
The Champion Bullock Medal won by DT Cowpar at the Kirriemuir Show in 1897. The medal will be on display at this year's show on Saturday, July 13.

The organisers of this year’s Kirrie Show have revealed there will be an added attraction this year in the shape of an old show medal.

With just over five weeks until the event on Saturday, July 13, at Muirhead of Logie, the Kirriemuir Show Directors have been gifted a medal dating back to 1897 which has been given to them by a collector.

Local historian David Orr said: “I have had some correspondence regarding an old Kirriemuir Show medal from Roy Tidman in Staffordshire.

“He says he is now concentrating his collection solely on horse medals and was going to dispose of his Champion Bullock Medal won by DT Cowpar in 1897.

“It really is a beautiful medal and is hallmarked.

“In 2008 Roy bought this and a 1908 KDAA Roadster horse medal. We know that the Cowpar family at Over Migvie owned it. The Cowpar family no longer farm in the area, but among the original Directors of the Kirrie show in 1877 were Adam Cowpar at Longbank and Robert Cowpar at Hatton. So there are links back to the earliest shows. Roy tells me he bought them from a dealer in Virginia in the US.

“Before selling elsewhere, Roy kindly offer it to the Kirrie Show Directors as he would like to think it was ‘coming home’.”We can now confirm its safe arrival in Kirrie and it will be on display at the show on the July 13 - after a gap of 116 years and all its travels. So we know how it got to Staffordshire, but how did the medal get to Virginia and what happened to the Cowpar farming family?”

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Meanwhile, plans are coming along for this year’s annual show. There will be a large and varied Craft Fair, a companion dog show, trade stands, the Scottish National Simmental Show, produce, baking, handicrafts and floral art marquee, Highland Dancing competitions, carriage driving, Angus Pony Club, the Knights of the North Jousting Stunt Team and vintage parade, to name but a few attractions.