Red deer, Loch Ranza

Went for an evening walk along the shore of Loch Ranza on the Isle of Arran, and, on the way back, in the gathering gloom, this remarkably tame fine beast eyed us up but stood his ground.

I wonder if he is a descendant of the twenty red deer that were brought onto the island in 1859 by the Duke of Hamilton to revive the island’s existing stock which “had become nearly extirpated“. The deer had come from Knowsley Hall near Liverpool, so had to be initally given extra care whilst being weaned off the rich pasture of the Hall1Red Deer In Arran. | Glasgow Courier | Saturday 05 March 1859 | British Newspaper Archive. [online] Available at: https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0003089/18590305/018/0002 [Accessed 3 May 2022]..

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