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Murray, William Hutchison (1913-1998), known as Bill
Murray, William Hutchison (1913-1998), known as Bill
Murray was one of Scotland’s leading ice climbers of the 1930s & 40s whose experiences were to result in two of the most classic tomes in the mountaineering canon: Mountaineering in Scotland, and Undiscovered Scotland. The first of these was written while a prisoner of war after being captured in the North African theatre. After the war, as well as continuing his ice-climbing career, Murray led Scottish expeditions to the Garhwal Himalaya in 1950 and was also deputy leader on the Everest Reconnaissance expedition. In later years he was prominent in the conservation movement and compiled a highly influential document which led to the formulation of Scotland’s National Scenic Areas – which, it was hoped, would eventually evolve into National Parks. Although Murray would not live to see this happen, two of his selected areas, Loch Lomond and The Cairngorms became Scotland’s first national parks in 2002 and 2003 respectively.
Standout routes: Garrick’s Shelf (IV) Glencoe 1937; Deep Cut Chimney (IV) Glencoe 1939; Twisting Gully (III) Glencoe, 1946; Clachaig Gully (Severe) Glencoe 1938; Great Gully, Garbh Bheinn of Ardgour (V.Diff) 1946.
Further reading: Mountaineering in Scotland, WH Murray, 1947; Undiscovered Scotland, WH Murray, 1950.
Biographical information is kindly supplied by Colin Wells.
2006-08-06 00:00:00
Maxine Willett
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Murray, William Hutchison (1913-1998), known as Bill