Tom Weir

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Tom Weir
Born Thomas Weir
(1914-12-29)29 December 1914
Springburn, Glasgow
Died 6 July 2006(2006-07-06) (aged 91)
West Dumbartonshire
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Climber, author, broadcaster
Known for Weir's Way

Thomas "Tom" Weir MBE (December 29, 1914 - July 6, 2006) was a Scottish climber, author and broadcaster. He was best known for his long-running television series Weir's Way.

Early life and career[edit]

Weir was born in Springburn, Glasgow, and was the younger brother of actress Molly Weir. 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.[1]

Media career and later life[edit]

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 1976–1987, he hosted the Scottish Television series Weir's Way, meeting the people of Scotland, exploring the landscape and its natural history. When STV repeated the series during the late night slot from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s it managed to achieve 30% audience share.[2] The series is now available on DVD in the UK.

Weir won the Scottish Television 'Personality of the Year Award' in 1976. He was appointed MBE in 1976. He 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.[3] He is also celebrated in the song "Tom Weir" written by Edinburgh musician Sandy Wright and performed by the band Aberfeldy.[4] More recently, L. Pierre wrote an ambient instrumental song, "Weir's Way", featured on his album, "Dip".[citation needed]

Weir was buried on 17 July 2006 in Kilmaronock Parish Church, near Drymen. He was buried in the same plot as the ashes of his sister Molly.[5]

DVD release[edit]

A collection of some of Weir's best walks was released on DVD.[when?] Both series of Weir's Way are available on DVD, distributed by Acorn Media UK.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography Tom Weir". Scots Independent. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  2. ^ Watching Ourselves: 60 Years of TV in Scotland "Hearts in the Highlands" BBC Scotland
  3. ^ "Top award for Scotland's best-loved "mountain man"". John Muir Trust website. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  4. ^ http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=zyRo6lvPlQY
  5. ^ "Veteran broadcaster Tom Weir dies". BBC News. 7 July 2006. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 

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