Farmer and champion sheepdog handler, born on 5 September 1910 at Littledale, Lancs. He left school at 13 to work on the family farm. After his marriage, he became the tenant at nearby Stauvins Farm. He took up sheepdog breeding and trialing in 1931, beginning with a bitch called Maddie and her daughter Udale Maddie, the foundation of thirteen prize-winning generations. Among his successes were the English National championship in 1953, 1957 and 1972. He was the first Englishman to represent his country abroad at sheepdog trials and represented England at the World Trials in New Zealand at Expo 73. He also pioneered the broadcasting of talks on trialing. Though staunchly loyal to his local Methodist chapel, he also had leanings towards Quakerism.