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Famous Scots - Tom Weir

Tom Weir MBE

After service in the Royal Artillery during World War II,

he worked as a surveyor for the Ordnance Survey before commencing a full-time career as a climber, writer and photographer. In 1950 he was a member of the first post-war Himalayan expedition and, in 1952, was one of the first to explore the previously closed mountain ranges of Nepal, east of Kathmandu.

Weir became a pioneering campaigner for the protection of the Scottish environment, and wrote a column for The Scots Magazine for over 50 years. From 1976, he hosted the Scottish Television series Weir's Way, meeting the people of Scotland, exploring the landscape and its natural history. The show has recently been aired again on STV, and is now available on DVD in the UK.

He won the Scottish Television 'Personality of the Year Award' in 1978. He was appointed MBE in 1976. Weir lived in Gartocharn and in 2000 he was awarded the inaugural John Muir Lifetime Achievement Award by the John Muir Trust in recognition of his environmental work.

Headstone Photograph

Further Information

Firstname: TOM

LastName: WEIR

Date of Death: 6th Jul 2006

Age at Death: 92

Cemetery: Kilmaronock Cemetery

  Sirling Road


Region: Glasgow and Clyde Valley

Country: Scotland


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