James T. Craig
James T. Craig
Managing Director

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Never having been a believer in the age old saying "school is the best days of your life", I made really sure that I would be able to leave at the end of fifth year by attaining a good set of highers in that year. With a choice of university courses on offer at this point, I chose to forego the route of formal education and follow my forefathers and entered James Craig Ltd as office boy in 1973 at the age of 17.

Having enjoyed the experience of the livestock mart from a very early age I was keen to make a career as a livestock auctioneer. I did actually sit the exam course set by the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland and on my way to becoming a fellow of this body was awarded "the student of the year" certificate in my early twenties.

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Mike Craig, my father and boss suffered a stroke early in 1983. His illness propelled myself into mainstream auctioneering which was history repeating itself in that Mike had to step in at the deep end of selling after his own father, my grandfather, took ill. . Within four weeks of taking the position as fat cattle auctioneer I was selling over 600 beasts every Tuesday---Happy Days!

I went on to sell a Blackface Shearling for 49000 at Newton Stewart, an entry from Bill Hogg from Cambret & Clauchreid. At that point in time this was a world record price for the breed. As my father had held the world record for an Ayrshire and my grandfather the same for a Clydesdale horse I took great pride in maintaining the standard.

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I became a director of James Craig Ltd at the age of 27 and married my wife, Rowan, the following April. Our daughter Caroline has graduated with an LLB from Edinburgh University with son James (The Fifth) currently studying at Aberdeen University.

In March 1996 I became President of the Institute, being the youngest person to have held the position. Unfortunately, two days after being installed, BSE was announced in the UK. This led to a very tense and busy two years in office but on reflection I take satisfaction in my contribution to the handling of that contentious situation.

Now in my 53rd year, I maintain my directorship in the James Craig group of companies and am Managing Director of Craig Wilson Ltd whose website you are currently viewing. Another remit for myself is to oversee the running of the company farming operation just outside the town of Ayr. Along with my brother Michael, I enjoy involvement in the Christmas Tree industry, a venture we diversified into some ten years ago.

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