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CHAPTER XVI.

THE BLACK AND TAN (OR GORDON) SETTER.

THIS variety of the modern setter had its name originally from the fact of being first introduced to the public from Gordon Castle, Fochabers, Banffshire, the Highland seat of the Dukes of Richmond and Gordon. For what length of time the family possessed the strain no one appears to know, but that it was not there in 1803, when Colonel Thornton visited the place, may be taken for granted, as that gallant sportsman, in his “ Northern Tour,” makes no allusion whatever to any such dogs. He does, however, mention the Highland deerhound, and gives an account of a somewhat dubious cross the Duke had between a wolf and a Pomeranian dog, which, on being slipped at a deer, tore its throat out. Some early writers, however, have called the black and tan setter the “ Scotch setter,” and Mr. Thomson Gray, in his “ Dogs of Scotland,” adopts a similar nomenclature. This is not likely to

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