Border Leicester Sheep – at Flora & Fauna


The Border Leicester Sheep mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique farm animals that shaped our agricultural history.    An image of the Border Leicester Sheep and a short biography are features of this history mug.

Small Mug, 11 oz.

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Border Leicester Sheep date back to 1767 when Robert Bakewell developed the technique of selective breeding.  Their ancestors include: Lincoln Longwool, Teeswater, and Cheviot. They are known for their long lustrous wool that grows in pencil-like locks that can look like corkscrew curls.  They are a hardy breed, excellent mothers, heavy milkers, and known to be good foragers.  Their fleece is popular with handspinners.

Robert Bakewell, 1725 – 1795

Born at Dishley Grange in Leicestershire, Robert Bakewell is one of the most important figures in English agriculture.  Bakewell was the first to develop the technique of selective breeding of sheep, cattle, and horses.  After traveling throughout Britain and Europe studying farming methods, he formed “The Dishley Society” to promote and teach revolutionary farming techniques for livestock breeders.  Robert Bakewell is best known for improving the Lincoln Longwool breed which led to the Dishley Leicester, also known as the Border Leicester.  His livestock was exported to Australia and North America.  His aggressive in breeding may have contributed to the spread of several diseases.

This Border Leicester Sheep history mug is part of our Flora and Fauna Series which includes many unique individuals who played an important part in molding Vermont’s history.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.
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