The horse was named " Clyde," and the breed originally, and for long, was known from him as the “Clyde" breed, the term "‘Clydesdale‘” being an invention of comparatively recent times, and never adopted by the old farmers. There was a portrait of “ Clyde " in Hamilton palace about 5o years ago, and it is believed to be szi-ll there among the lumber. Were it brought to light it would prove interesting, as “Clyde.” was probably the horse
that founded the reputation of the Lanarkshire breed. He is said by those who have seen his portrait to have resembled the more recent Hamilton stallion " Sir Walter Scott," xvhose. portrait was ieuzovcd to Bijodick Castle. lames Davidson was horn in ry; 1, ‘ and died about 1813,, when l\-lr. Bums, who is new So j.··;·;:rs of
age, was a boy. He remembers Davidson, and has also :1 distinct
recollection of the reputation of the Flemish stallioifs pr·._>ge1ig·,
the special name of “ Clydes" being applied to them, ami the
subsequent introduction of the term “Clydesdale." l`)avi·5.sr:n is
believed to have led " Clyde " three or four se.1s;·ns, during the -
life of Duke ]ames.
In an official report drsnvn up for the Highland Society in 1793. _
it is remz1rl:ed—“A high degree of credit is due to the farmers
in the upper part ofthe county for their unremitting endeavour .
to improve this excellent breed .... Every farm almost through-
out the extent of several parishes supports six, or, at least, mir
1`ll3l'tTS, the half of which are arimially in foal. The colts are
mostly sold at the fairsiof Lanark and Carnwath, and lzring th.;
owners from 55 to yfzo. They are generally purchasmi i ‘