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Allan and Mary Heaton from North Yorkshire

This webpage is dedicated to information about Allan and Mary Heaton, founder members of the Ryedale Sheepdog Society.

Articles to read:

Allan G. HeatonMary Heaton, and interesting articles that they wrote about their trip to New Zealand sheepdog trialling in 1975:  'A Dream Come True' by Mary Heaton, and 'New Zealand Trip' by Allan Heaton[Please click on the links to read the articles].

Books to read:

Their son, Andrew R. Heaton, has written and published some interesting books, and they are available on his website (please click on the picture to link):



  • ‘Never had a better’

- 1000 years of Yorkshire family History in the making of Allan G. Heaton.

  •  ‘Hannah’s American Dream’

- the story of a family member who set off to America from West Yorkshire in a new life as pioneer settlers.

  • 'Mary Heaton’s Sheepdog Scrapbooks'

Recently, Andrew has put into print two volumes of scrapbooks that Mary collected over fifty years, as described in the Jan/Feb issue of the International Sheepdog News.

There is also Andrew’s version of Sheepdog Trials that he wrote in 1960, at a time when sheepdog trialling legends were very real to a young lad. 

Allan & Mary's PhotoGallery

Please click on the photos to open the gallery.


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