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Straight As for local law student


By Jean Gunn

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Local law student Mure Grant has achieved 11 straight As since starting at the University of Aberdeen two years ago.

Twenty-year-old Mure gained the highest mark in succession law, an A3, and the joint highest mark out of a class of 206 in administrative law, an A5.

The modest second-year student, who can often be seen taking part in local sheepdog trials, said: "It was a bit of a fluke."

He said the results reflected the great teaching he received from the law faculty at the university.

“Without the knowledge and guidance of so many professors, particularly Professor Roddy Paisley, these results would not be possible to achieve," the student said.

Admitting that it felt pretty good to see his hard work pay off, he also gave credit to his former teachers at Thurso High School: "The ones I got were very good. It is good teachers that put you in a position to do this."

Mure said he had done well in his exams at high school, adding: "When the push came to shove I knuckled down at school."

Mure Grant with his dog Fred after a win at the sheepdog trials at Forss in 2019.
Mure Grant with his dog Fred after a win at the sheepdog trials at Forss in 2019.

While at home he is happy getting stuck in to farm work at Forse, Lybster, with his mother Dr Fiona Grant, or at Armadale in north Sutherland – the Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year 2015 – along with his aunt Joyce Campbell.

Agricultural commentator Willie Mackay recently met with the student while out on his AI cattle breeding duties. Mr Mackay was very impressed with the university results.

In his spare time Mure enjoys taking part in sheepdog trials where he has been a prolific competitor, winning numerous trophies around the Caithness and Sutherland circuit.

His highlight was being selected last year to represent Scotland in the young handler section at the International Sheep Dog Trials at Brechin.

Mure misses working with the animals while away studying in Aberdeen. However, the coronavirus crisis meant he was able to come home early and assist with the lambing at Armadale.

He will continue to help out on the farm over the summer recess and is due to start his third-year studies in September.

Mure with his collie Fred and Ruby, the NZ Huntaway, at Armadale Farm.
Mure with his collie Fred and Ruby, the NZ Huntaway, at Armadale Farm.


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