Murdo Mackenzie was born in Rhamore, Edderton in 1850, son of a small tenant farmer on the Balnagown Estate. He was one of many Scots who took apart in the great cattle rearing industry in the Great Plains of North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some merely became cowboys but others played a leading role in the large cattle companies, a number of which were registered and organised from Scotland. Murdo featured in several associations but is best known as the manager of the giant Matador Land & Cattle Company based in Texas. He held this post from 1891 to 1911 and again from 1922 to 1937. His two sons and a nephew were also involved with this company. More information about this interesting subject and Murdo's part in it can be found in "Plaids and Bandanas" by Rob Gibson.
|Date added||February 13th, 2006|
|Added by||Tain & District Museum|