Thomas Christopher Booth | Inducted 1903
Third generation of accomplished Shorthorn breeders.
1832--1878 | Artist: Robert Wadsworth Grafton (1876-1936); original portrait by James R. Stuart
Impact & Accomplishments
Grandson of Thomas Booth, T. C. was the last of the celebrated Booth breeders. The younger Thomas took over Killerby at his father, John’s, death in 1857, although much of John’s herd was sold at auction in 1852.
When his uncle Richard died in 1864, he reunited both herds, Killerby and Warlaby, and worked to restore the reputation of the Booth Shorthorns. Upon the death of William Torr, he added more quality stock to the herd.
In 1868, his success was demonstrated at the Royal Agricultural Society’s show, where Lady Fragrant and Commander-in-Chief were both named breed champions.
Did You Know?
Commander in Chief champion Shorthorn bull born May 19, 1864. A product of the Booth breeding program from which they achieved their best results by interbreeding their own established tribes or families. He was produced near the end of the breeding careers of the Booth family. Photo credit: Heritage Shorthorn Society.