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This will be my last article of the year and I would like to wish ALL Fanciers and their families all the very best for 2019, I hope they have lots of good Health and Happiness and enjoy each other’s company. To the staff at the BHW and the RP thank you for your support during the past year and I hope we continue to entertain our readers throughout the next year Joe Murphy.

Scottish Homing Union

The SHU show had an entry of 823 birds with the following fanciers winning the classes.

Old Cock raced 2017/2018 handling: 1st J Hughes, 2nd & 4th J Mackie & son, 3rd & 5th E & N Yule, 6th W Massey & son.

Old Hen raced 2017/2018 handling: 1st J Hughes, 2nd & 6th E & N Yule, 3rd & 4th McCord & Turpie, 5th J Mackie & son

Young Cock raced 2018; 1st S Donaldson, 2nd W Massey & son, 3rd W Ramage, 4th H L Gray, 5th D White & grandson, 6th C & D McMillan.

Young Hen raced 2018; 1st & 3rd McCord & Turpie 2nd Tod Hunter & Griesdale, 4th J Mackie & son, 5th E & N Yule, 6th C & D McMillan.

400 miles cock or hen raced 2017/2018; 1st 3rd & 4th A A Wilson & Son, 2nd  McCord & Turpie 5th M Brown 6th E & N Yule.

200 miles cock or hen raced 2017/2018; 1st J Mackie & son 2nd Tod Hunter & Griesdale, 3rd & 5th E & N Yule, 4th W Ramage 6th J Hughes

Old Cock through the Wires; 1st McCord & Turpie, 2nd & 3rd J Hughes 4th & 5th E & N Yule 6th Tod Hunter & Griesdale.

Old Cock Through the Wires; 1st & 2nd E & N Yule, 3rd Tod Hunter & Griesdale,4th J &  A Bell 5th E Balmer, 6th W Massey & Son.

Young Cock Through the wires, 1st J Hughes, 2nd & 6th Dunn & MacDonald, 3rd Tod Hunter & Griesdale 4th McCord & Turpie 5th E & N Yule

Young Hen Through the wires, 1st E & N Yule; 2nd & 4th E Balmer, 3rd W Ramage 5th & 6th J Hughes.

Eyesign Young Birds; 1st 2nd 3rd & 6th C Gilliver 4th W Gilchrist 5th E Balmer

Eyesign Old Birds; 1st E Balmer 2nd 4th & 6th C Gilliver 3rd E & N Yule 5th W Gilchrist

Old Cock handling; 1st & 4th A McLafferty & son, 2nd J Edgar, 3rd & 5th J & A Bell 6th A Wallace

Old Hen handling; 1st 3rd & 4th J Edgar 2nd J Rundell 5th G Tytler jun 6th A McLafferty & Son

Old Cock thru the wires; 1st A Wallace 2nd & 5th J & A Bell 3rd P Cameron 4th N Yule 6th J Rundell

Old Hen thru the wires; 1st 3rd & 5th J Edgar 2nd S Ferguson 4th G Tytler jun 6th J & A Bell

Young Cock handling; 1st A McLafferty & son, 2nd J & A Bell, 3rd Fitzpatrick & Fleming 4th A Wallace 5th A Ferguson 6th J A & A Rundell

Young Hen handling; 1st Fitzpatrick & Fleming 2nd P Cameron 3rd & 6th J K & J D Lynn 4th J A & A Rundell 5th S Ferguson

Young Cock thru the wires; 1st P Cameron 2nd J & A Bell 3rd J Rundell 4th A Wallace 5th J McTaggart 6th Fitzpatrick & Fleming

Young Hen thru the wires; 1st & 2nd A Wallace; 3rd R D White & grandson 4th J K & J D Lynn 5th S Ferguson 6th J A & A Rundell

Best in Show was won by J Mackie & son who also won the Champion Racing Pigeon and best old bird racing pigeon.

The Champion Show Pigeon was won by Fitzpatrick & Fleming who also won the Best Young Bird Show Pigeon.

J Edgar won the Best Old Bird Showing with S Donaldson wining the Best Young Bird Racing.

My thanks to Linda and Ann at the SHU offices for supplying the above information and also to Jim Hannah for supplying photographs of the SHU trophy winners.

SHU Cheque Presentation

The trophy select committee judged the following nominations and awarded the trophies as follows. The Dewar Whisky Trophy; for best channel performance by old bird; was won by Walter Boswell of Hamilton with his chequer hen ‘Louella Lady Helen’. Who won a SNFC Silver Award for 3 times a winner from over the English Channel in the space of 21 days covering a distance of 1488 miles: She is the first pigeon to obtain this feat in such a short period of time which I think is a record in the Scottish National Flying Club. Over the years many birds have done this over a 4 week period but never one achieving it in such a short period of time. ‘Louella Lady Helen’ won 3rd section E 10th open SNFC Liege flying 533 miles on the 29th of June competing against 1072 birds entered by 327 members. She then won 49th section E (no open position) from Ypres on 14th of July flying 445 miles were 433 members sent 2541 birds. Then 6 days later on the 20th July 186 members entered 747 birds to the Roye national and she won 2nd section E 33rd open flying 508 miles. Our congratulations go to Walter on winning this prestigious award.

The Dewar Whisky Trophy ‘Runner Up’; for performance by old bird; Winners are A Sinclair Thomson & son Sinclair of Port Seton in East Lothian with their dark chequer cock SU14P5617. This year 2018 he has won 4 times in SNFC races from the first national from Buckingham he won 31st section B 223rd open flying 286 miles against 3576 birds. He was then sent to the SNFC Maidstone race and won 23rd section B 62nd open flying 359 miles he then went to the Gold Cup race from Liege and he won 1st section B 1st east region 5th open flying 507 miles against 1072 birds. He was then timed from Roye to win 3rd section B 12th open flying 494 miles against 747 birds. He has achieved the magnificent honour of winning 12 times in the SNFC; and is now a winner of a SNFC Silver Award for 3 times a section winner from the English Channel; and also a winner of a Meritorious Inland Bronze Award for winning 5 times winning from inland nationals. I think you will agree that this dark chequer is an outstanding pigeon and our congratulations go to both Sinclair’s who obviously are very proud of their pigeon.



Walter Boswell receives the Dewar Trophy for Scotland Bird of the Year 2018 see text     -      AS Thomson and Son runners up to the Dewar Trophy see text

The Ogilvie Trophy; for the Best Individual Performance; was won by Willie Borthwick of Annan. His chequer pied cock ‘White Nose Bud’ won 1st section A 1st open SNFC Gold Cup from Liege race flying 474 miles into a north east wind and recorded a velocity if 1176 ypm competing against 327 members who entered 1072 birds. This pied cock has previously won 24th section A 24th open from Buckingham flying 226 miles.  Our congratulations go to Willie on winning this award.


Gold Cup winner W Borthwick Annan see text     -     Macaloney Partnership receive the D Bald Trophy see text

Derek Hay see text

The Mr & Mrs Murphy Trophy; For Performance Champion Young Bird; is won by father George, son Willie and grandson Paul Macaloney of Coatbridge in Lanarkshire. Their winner is a blue cock SU18 1820; The McCrae Battalion Trophy for the best Loft Performances with Old Birds and Young Birds in season 2018. Was jointly won by D H Ogilvie of Bannockburn in Stirlingshire and the Macaloney partnership of Coatbridge; SHU Friendship Cup; Yearling Trophy for outstanding performances; was won by Derek Hay of Kirkintilloch in north Lanarkshire; Derek’s blue chequer hen SU17AV 3774 won the following performances in the SNFC during 2018. From Buckingham she won 3rd section F flying 300 miles from an entry of 2941 birds sent by 441 members, she then went to the Roye national and won 1st section F 16th open competing against 747 birds entered by 186 members. She covered the distance of 518 miles in 13 hours 2 minutes on the wing to record a velocity of 1166 ypm. She was also the furthest flying pigeon on the day. She has previously won 6th section F from Buckingham in 2017 so now has 3 SNFC diplomas and is only a yearling.


Dave Jamieson receives throphy see text     -     Rosie Armit with the ARB Trophy see text

Ina Renwick Memorial Trophy; Scotland Fancier of the Year Award; is worked out on a coefficient system on the 4 SNFC races from France into Scotland.

The 2018 winner is David Jamieson of East Calder in West Lothian. His positions are as follows;

Reims he won 8th open from an entry of 382 birds coefficient     2.09

Roye he won 10th open from an entry of 747 birds coefficient     1.33

Liege he won 11th open from an entry of 1072 birds coefficient 1.02

Ypres he won 42nd open from an entry of 2541 birds coefficient 1.65

Total         6.09

The Annie Ross Bowes Memorial Trophy; fancier and sportsman of the Year; is Rosie Armit the secretary treasurer of Glenrothes and Leslie RPC.

Joe’s Joke

An age is golden or so I have heard it said, but sometimes I wonder when I climb into bed. My ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup. My glasses on the table until I get up. As my sleep dims my vision, I say to myself is there anything else I should lay on the shelf? The reason I know my youth is all spent? Is my get-up-and- go has got up and went! But in spite of it all I’m able to grin and think of the places my get-up has been. 

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