Thursday, May 06, 2010

James Hogg the Ettrick Shepherd

On my way to Samye-ling, Eskdalemuir last week I took refreshment at the Tushielaw Inn. The B709 from Innerleithen to Eskdalemuir, it's a delightful drive mostly single track with passing places though it's rare to meet other traffic.

Tushielaw Inn sits by Ettrick Water in the heart of James Hogg's country.

Black sheep at Ettrick, minded me of James Hogg the Ettrick shepherd.
In sheep, whiteness is not albinism but a dominant gene that actively switches colour production off. As a result, sheep blackness is recessive, and if a white ram and a white ewe are parents of a black lamb, both must be heterozygous for black, and then there is a 25% chance that the lamb will be black.

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