Ben Humble

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Benjamin "Ben" Hutchison Humble MBE (1903 - 1977) was a Scottish writer and climber who was responsible for the creation of Scottish Mountain Rescue teams as we know them today. He was also a keen photographer and film maker. During the World War II he produced several educational films in order to support the war effort.[1]

Humble was born in Dumbarton in 1903, one of the sons of the manager of Dennystown Forge. Despite his total deafness he became a dentist, later making advances in forensic dentistry.

A biography of his life, The Voice Of The Hills: The Story Of Ben Humble was written by his nephew Roy Humble in 1995.



  • Arrochar and District: A Complete Guide (1930)
  • Tramping In Skye (1933)
  • The Songs Of Skye (1934)
  • Wayfaring Around Scotland (1936)
  • Songs For Climbers (1938), a collection of climbing songs put together by Humble and his publisher W.M.McLellan
  • Rock Climbs On The Cobbler (1940), written with the assistance of J.B.Nimlin and G.C.Williams
  • On Scottish Hills (1946)
  • The Cuillin Of Skye (1952)
  • Rock Climbs At Arrochar (1954), written with the assistance of J.B.Nimlin.


  • A Bomb Fell (1941)
  • A Cragsman's Day (1946)
  • Holidays in Arrochar (1949)


  1. ^ "Ben Humble MBE 1903-1977". Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui Heritage. 


  • Humble, Roy (1995). The Voice Of The Hills: The Story Of Ben Humble. Edinburgh: Pentland Press. ISBN 978-1-85821-249-4. 


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