Boreray sheep originated on the island of Boreray in the St
Kilda archipelago off the west coast of Scotland. And the breed was named from
this island. It is also known by some other names such as Hebridean Blackface
and Boreray Blackface sheep.
They were developed during the late 19th century from
Scottish Blackface and a Hebridean type of Old Scottish Shortwool sheep. They
have been largely feral since 1930.
Their fleece is white to light tan, but occasionally darker.
Both sexes are horned. The ram's horns are large and spiraled. Adult ewes weigh
about 28 kg (62 lbs) and stand 55 cm (22 inches) at the withers.
Today, it is the rarest sheep breed in the United Kingdom
and there are less than 300-500 left.