Bagot goat

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Bagot goat Staunton Park.JPG
A Bagot goat
Conservation status Vulnerable
Country of origin England
Wool colour White
Face colour Black
  • Goat
  • Capra aegagrus hircus

The Bagot goat /ˈbæɡət/[1] is a breed of goat which for several hundred years has lived semi-wild at Blithfield Hall, Staffordshire, England. It is a small goat, with a black head and neck and the remainder of the body white. In 2010 it was considered "critically endangered" by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, as there were fewer than 100 registered breeding females in the United Kingdom, [2] but by 2012 had been upgraded to "vulnerable".[3]


Arms of the Barons Bagot, featuring the Bagot goat

Bagot goats were introduced to England at Blithfield Hall in the 1380s. They were probably brought back to England by returning Crusaders, and probably trace their ancestry to goats of the Rhone valley.[4] The goats were said to have been given to John Bagot of Blithfield by King Richard II of England to commemorate good hunting the King had enjoyed at Blithfield.[5]

As of March 2017, there were said to be less than 200 registered breeding females.[6]


A flock is still kept by the Bagot family in the deer park of Levens Hall, Cumbria. Examples can also be seen at:

Postage stamps[edit]

An illustration of the species by Harry Titcombe featured on the cover of a 1982 book of British postage stamp, issued from vending machines, at a price of 50p.[11] In January 2005, the breed was featured on a first-class British stamp, one of a set of ten, in a se-tenant block, designed by Rose Design using linocut illustrations by Christopher Wormell.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bagot". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Bagot goat at Rare Breeds Survival Trust watch list Archived 2010-03-30 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 7 June 2010.
  3. ^ Bagot goat at Rare Breeds Survival Trust watch list Archived 2010-03-30 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  4. ^ Dohner, Janet Vorwald (2001). The Encyclopedia of Historic and Endangered Livestock and Poultry Breeds. New Haven: Yale University Press. 
  5. ^ Bagot goat, Oklahoma State University,
  6. ^ a b "Sandwell works to save rare Bagot goats". Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Bagot goats". Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Farm Animals & Poultry". Aldenham Country Park. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Goats". St James City Farm. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bagot's Castle Experience". Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "50p Rare Farm Animals". Sutton Stamps. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "GB new stamps, Farm Animals, 11 January 2005". Norvic Philatelics. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 

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