Macleod of Macleod and Roy Bhan
Things came to a head in 1910, where at Cruft’s there were two classes on offer for “Cairn or Short-
It was a bittersweet victory for Mrs Campbell; the dogs had been officially recognised, but she had lost the fight for her preferred name. The name Cairn Terrier had been in unofficial use for many years and confirmation of the name was warmly accepted throughout the dog world. In time Mrs Campbell probably came to like it too. She went on to become the first Honorary Secretary of the Cairn Terrier Club, made up the first Dog Champion, Gesto, and awarded the first Challenge Certificates in the breed at Richmond in 1912. Her “Brocaire” (Foxhunter) affix became famous throughout the world, and is still to this day, protected by the Cairn Terrier Club.
So Moghan, who is buried at Tigh-
“ That the breed, (hitherto described as Short-
Col. Campbell died in 1914 and in 1918 Mrs Campbell moved north to Inverness then a year or so later to Eskadale House, Ardersier on the shores of the Moray Firth, where she lived until her death in 1946. She continued to show her dogs from there and attended her last show, the Championship show of the Cairn Terrier Club, just a few weeks before she died. Her ashes are interred in the Monro family burial plot in a quiet little cemetery at Easter Kilmuir, Ross-
There is no mention of her on the family memorial but she is commemorated by a plaque in the reception area of the Dick Vet Small Animal Hospital at Roslin near Edinburgh, part of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. The plaque which was erected and paid for by the Cairn Terrier Club in 2000, along with a donation to the new hospital, reads “In memory of Mrs J Alastair Campbell (Ida Monro) 1871 – 1946 who brought the Cairn Terrier out of obscurity and gave the World its Best Little Pal.”
Mrs Campbell, 1946, CTC Ch Show.
Ch Brocaire Hamish of Gesto and Brocaire Jura
Alex Fisher wrote in the 2nd edition of the Cairn Terrier, “The “Brocaire” strain of Mrs Campbell was established by Ch Gesto and is generally acknowledged to be of the purest type of Cairn, absolutely free from any trace of Scottish Terrier character, built on light, agile lines, not unduly short in body, and with the characteristic foxy face and expression upon which Mrs Campbell laid such stress.
In addition to Ch Gesto, Macleod of Macleod, Doran Bhan, Roy Mhor and Calla Mhor, all Skye-
In total 5 Brocaire Cairns became Champions.
Ch Brocaire Siteach
Mrs Campbell and Gesto 1912
Mrs J Alastair Campbell was born Ida Monro in 1871 in Palamcottah, India, where her father was an army Captain . She was one of a family of six, three boys and three girls. The 1881 Census shows That the family had returned to Scotland and were living in Edinburgh. By 1891 her father was Inspector Of Constabulary for Scotland and he was Knighted in 1894.
Ida’s mother fell in love with the Cairn breed after her husband had brought some Waternish Cairns from Skye-
In 1893 Ida Munro became Mrs Alastair Campbell, her husband being a Major in the Seaforth Highlanders. She was married from the family seat, Alan House, Fearn, Ross-
His Lordship Moghan, much loved Sky (sic) Terrier of Jock and Ida, killed February 21st 1907, aged five years.”
At Inverness Show in 1909 her dogs were entered as Short-
Mrs Alistair Campbell, Brocaire Cairns