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.
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.