Farmers' Society

The Black Isle Farmers’ Society was formed in 1836 and held its first show in Fortrose the same year. At that time great improvements were under way in farming and the Society helped to spread new ideas. Towards the end of the 19th Century the main entries in the show were Clydesdale horses, followed by cattle.

clydesdaleThe site of the show moved around various farms (the cathedral green in Fortrose was used in the early years). In 1957 the Show was held for the first time on the permanent site at Mannsfield, Muir of Ord. This was named in honour of A J Mann, Muiralehouse, a prominent local farmer.

The site chosed was the scene of great cattle trysts last century, where black cattle from the north, west and Black Isle were driven before they followed the drove roads south.

The picture shows the best-dressed Clydesdales in 1993.


Mr A J Mann at the Black Isle Show, Mannsfield.


 Black Isle Show at the Racetrack, Rosehaugh, 1936


Judging the Clydesdales


The first farm cart with rubber tyres made by Hossack, Davidston, for £30 was entered in the show.

The judge, John Mackenzie of Balnain said “rubber tyres will never last six months on a farm” and gave the cart second prize!