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Skye Goats

In 1773 Dr Johnson saw both sheep and goats being milked in Skye. Goats must in fact have been particularly numerous in Scotland, to judge by the number of times the Gaelic word gabhar appears in the names of our hills; large herds of wild goats do still frequent many of our mountainous areas. Dr Johnson, in describing his host in Glenmoriston, writes: " 'His life seemed to be merely pastoral, except that he differed from some of the ancient Nomades in having a settled dwelling. His wealth consists of a hundred sheep, as many goats, twelve milk-cows, and 28 beeves ready for the drover. "

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