any of a breed of medium-sized sheep, originally from Dorset: formerly, both male and female had horns (hence the former name Dorset Horn), but today the polled variety prevails
county in SW England, on the English Channel: 1,024 sq mi (2,652 sq km)
An early Native American culture flourishing in small coastal settlements in northern Greenland and the eastern Canadian Arctic south to Newfoundland from about 800 BC to AD 1000.
Origin of DorsetAfter Cape Dorset , Baffin Island, site of excavations
A domestic sheep of a breed having large horns and medium-length, fine-textured wool.
Origin of DorsetAfter Dorset 3
A region of southwest England on the English Channel. Part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex, it was used as the setting for many of Thomas Hardy's novels.
- ANTHONY ASHLEY COOPER SHAFTESBURY, 1ST EARL OF (1621-1683), son of Sir John Cooper of Rockbourne in Hampshire, and of Anne, the only child of Sir Anthony Ashley, Bart., and was born at Wimborne St Giles, Dorset, on the 22nd of July 1621.
- His body was sent in February to Poole, in Dorset, and was buried at Wimborne St Giles.
- JOHN MORTON (c. 1420-1500), archbishop of Canterbury, cardinal and statesman, belonged to a family which had migrated from Nottinghamshire into Dorset, and was born either at Bere Regis or Milborne St Andrew.
- At Rutland, Proctor and Dorset many darker shades are found, including "moss vein," olive green and various shades of blue, green, yellow and pink, which are used for ornamental purposes.
- The first marble quarry was opened in Dorset in 1785 and a second at Middlebury in 1805; and the first granite was quarried in 1812.