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Eva Smith

We are saddened to announce that Jamieson & Smith former co-owner Eva Smith passed away this weekend, Eva and her brother the late Jim Smith took over the running of the family company in 1969 after the passing of the company’s founder, their father the late John ‘Sheepie’  Smith.

Brought up on Berry Farm Scalloway Eva had a great love and passion for all aspects of farm life both at Berry and their farm at Pitmeden, Dyce, and Aberdeenshire. Eva was well-known for her work with Aberdeen Angus cattle and her great love of Shetland Ponies. Berry stud book was renowned for its breeding of special miniature ponies,  Eva in particular was much sought after as a judge in this field and became the youngest judge of her era to judge the Royal Highland Show as seen in the photo above.

Combined with all her hard physical work on the land Eva was sent out by her father to purchase Shetland wool from Shetland crofters and farmers and take it back home to Berry Farm where it provided work for the farm labourer plus Jim & Eva in the winter months.

With the expansion of the wool handling business in 1952 and its move to Lerwick, Eva became more involved in the running of their company and along with their manager Gilbert Johnston was responsible in having the Shetland sorted wool they bought contract spun into knitting yarns at Hunters of Brora in the Scottish Highlands.

Eva was a keen and active knitter and like many Shetland ladies produced her own designs, her understanding helped greatly in the progress of the company moving forwards and establishing Jamieson & Smith as the leading suppliers of Real Shetland knitting yarns in its field built up on the Berry philosophy of trust, respect and humbleness.

At the age of 75 and Jim 81 they decided to retire from the textile trade and concentrate on running both their farms selling the company on to the main buyers of the Shetland wool clip: Curtis Wool Direct in 2005.

Eva was a very private person and resolute in achieving her aims in both her careers as a farmer and wool merchant and even up to her final days was giving out orders and advice as to how J&S should be run, still a passionate and caring person to the end.

We shall all miss her greatly.

Oliver Henry

Eva with her parents John and Florence

Eva and Prince Charles at the Millennium Show, Eva receiving the price for Supreme Champion.

Jim and Eva, photo by Elaine Tait

Eva and Major Walters from Hunters of Brora

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Laurie Weinsoft #

    Sorry to read of such a huge loss to the wool community. We relatively speaking a small population of wool lovers. It sounds like she will be greatly missed.

    April 2, 2018
  2. I felt very honoured when Eva and Jim asked us to buy their business, Jamieson and Smith Shetland Woolbrokers a few years ago.
    The company did its best for the woolgrowers of Shetland and when it became a little too much for them asked us to help.
    I believe they both approved of what we did and also in the way the business has thrived under our leadership.
    New markets, new customers, innovation and the belief that Real Shetland Wool is something very special will ensure the business flourishes.
    Our family send the Smith family our sincere condolences.

    April 2, 2018
  3. Sorry to read of your loss. She will be greatly missed by family and friends and the wool community.

    April 2, 2018
  4. Susan #

    Thank you for that wonderful bit of history. I just wound off wool from about 6 Hunters of Brora cones that I have. Beautiful colours and how it blooms when washed! Peace be with you.

    April 2, 2018
  5. sophy0075 #

    I am very sorry for your loss. J & S has a stellar reputation for excellent yarn (I’ve bought some, through the years, from your US vendors). Ms Smith was responsible for maintaining that reputation. May she rest in peace.

    April 3, 2018
  6. Adele Peacock #

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will be visiting in July and will share my condolences then. She appears to have been one extraordinary lady.

    April 3, 2018
  7. ElaineChicago #

    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely story and pictures with us. I’m sure she’ll be greatly missed.

    April 3, 2018
  8. sharon973 #

    Thank you for sharing this story. Eva must have been a wonderful person, I’m sorry for your loss.

    April 3, 2018

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