Protected by the ‘Rough Collie Breed Council’ for its contribution to Rough Collie survival over a difficult period Mariemeau has, with Kennel Club approval, recently reverted to descendants of the original owner on the understanding that they will not attach it to future Rough Collies.

Crystal of Mariemeau sable and white Thane of Mariemeau daughter and the last Mariemeau Challenge Certificate winning Collie
Ch Gunner of Mariemeau piloted to his tile by Mr McPherson ‘Glenturret’ Gunner became an influential sire in his adoptive Scotland and the North Eastern region of England
Ch Mariemeau Fantail Ch Laund Lindrum son and the first Mariemeau bred Champion winning his title with three Challenge Certificates gained between October 1933 and April 1935
Images donated by ‘Emmsmoor’ courtesy of Rough Collie Archive

Set deep in the Dorset countryside, Mrs James’ palatial kennel of Collies leapt to prominence during the early 1930s, and although keeping all three colours it is for sable and white dogs that Mariemeau will always be remembered. The purchase of the Challenge Certificate winning Laund Lindrum, on whom all future Mariemeau Collies were based, and his son Knight of Monaster marking the turning point in Mariemeau’s fortunes.

Never an extensive kennel Mariemeau was able to maintain a breeding programme throughout the war years and at its close provided a number of kennels with foundation stock. Perhaps the most memorable of these being Ch Gunner of Mariemeau, by the unshown Thane of Mariemeau and the last bred by Mrs James to gain his title, who, having joined Mr McPherson’s ‘Glenturret’ kennel in Scotland, left an enduring legacy in sable and white grand-sons Champions Danvis Damascus and Jefsfire Strollaway.