First Minister Alex Salmond, MSP for Aberdeenshire East, this weekend celebrated the centenary of the Turra Coo. Festivities were held in Turriff to celebrate 100 years since local farmer - Robert Paterson – refused to pay newly implemented National Insurance contributions, and his cow was seized by Sheriff Officers causing uproar in the area.
Commenting Mr Salmond stated: “Three years ago I was delighted to participate in the unveiling of a commemorative sculpture of the Turra Coo on ‘coo corner’. Despite the years gone by the story of this cow still rings true today.”
“The rural economy of the North East of Scotland seems a mystery to those in Westminster, and unfortunately that has not changed over the last 100 years.”
“This cow represents a fight against injustice, especially injustice by those who seek to apply one rule to all without understanding the geographical consequences. The iniquity of the bedroom tax in Scotland is a case in point for modern times.”
“I hope that this story that will continue to be told in Turriff and the North East for at least another 100 years.”
The story of Mr Paterson and his cow is such a part of the history of Turriff that a sculpture based on the famous cow has since been erected in the North-east town.