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The Turra Coo: Legal Episode in the Popular Culture of North East Scotland Paperback – 1 Oct 1989


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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Mercat Press (1 Oct. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0080377297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0080377292
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,740,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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xi, 84pp. A landmark legal case in Aberdeenshire following the introduction of National Insurance between 1911-13, which prompted popular civil disobedience in the market town of Turriff, an event celebrated in local folklore, and recently commemorated by a bronze sculpture in the town. Minimal rubbing at cover edges, spine uncreased, no inscriptions

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Busyquine on 25 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
I read this book many years ago, when it first came out. It is the story of a farmer`s experience of the courts and legal system of years ago, about the poinding of his white cow to redress his fines for not paying national insurance stamps for his poorly paid labourers; his refusal was supported by his men on the farm, and a hilarious scene followed, whereby the courts seized a white cow, nicknamed by the locals "the Turra Coo", and walked it to the town centre. It had to be walked there because no local firm would transport it, on principle, in support of the farmer - and no local auctioneer would auction it, either. The story is hilarious, as the social event gave much amusement to the locals, the cow being painted with the words "Frae Lendrum tae Leeks" on it; "Lendrum" being I think, the area of the farm, and "Leeks" being a reference to the connections of Lloyd George at the time, a Welsh politician who introduced the National Insurance Act of 1911, that the farmer resisted. To this day, a monument stands, constructed on the area where the cow was taken to be sold, from stones from the farm, the fireplace from the farm, etc. Many commemorative memorabilia resulted, such as mugs, aprons, with the Turra Coo on them, after.

A hilarious read; well recommended!!
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