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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious history, 25 Jan 2009
This review is from: The Turra Coo: Legal Episode in the Popular Culture of North East Scotland (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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