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Obituary - Andrew Clanachan

The sad news of the death of Andrew Clanachan was given to me on New Year’s Day. Clan, as he was known to his friends, was the highly successful owner/breeder of the Maryholm Fox Terriers, a breed that he had been interested in for many, many years. He owned and bred both wires and smooths, although it was with the smooths that he made the biggest impact. As a busy farmer in Dumfries it was not always possible for him to get to the shows, and he was ably assisted by Lesley Greenhalgh and Ernie Sharpe in the early days, and by Freddy Sills later on.

His first Champion was made up in 1949, Ch: Maryholm Spun Gold, and a succession of quality dogs and bitches continued until his last champion in 1999, Ch: Maryholm Gold in my Sporran, a time span of 50 years and 26 UK champions owned and/or bred by him. What a wonderful record!
His favourite champion bitch was Strondour Ginger who produced Ch: Maryholm Stockmark, a dog which is now so prominent in today’s pedigrees. Ch: Sirandra of Maryholm sired 12 champions including Ch: Vertway Stable Lad and Ch: Vertway Sweet Gem, both bred by Jimmy Greenway.

An avid supporter of the Fox Terrier Club of Scotland for whom he was President for many years, his last handling engagement was at their Championship Show in 2006, where he won his class with Rockenhart Crosbie of Maryholm – not bad for a man of some 92 summers!

Clan was elected President of the Smooth Fox Terrier Association in 1958 but was unable to judge the show that year. He judged the show in 1982 when the elected President for that year was unable to do so. He was also made an Honorary Life Vice-President of the Association in recognition of the outstanding contribution he had made on all fronts to the breed. Always a perfect gentleman, ready to give advice to anyone who asked for it, and such a delightful person, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. The hospitality we received on visits to Maryholm was legend, where he and his wife, Dora, would entertain us and the conversation would revolve round dogs, and livestock in general. A most knowledgeable man.

To his family, Donald, Sheila and Austin, and their children and grandchildren, I can only say it has been a privilege to know Clan, and how proud they must be of their father.

Antonia thornton