John Rooke Corbett

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J. Rooke Corbett John Rooke Corbett.jpg
Born(1876-09-27)27 September 1876
Died13 August 1949(1949-08-13) (aged 72)

John Rooke Corbett (27 September 1876 – 13 August 1949), better known as J. Rooke Corbett was one of the founder-members of The Rucksack Club and their Convener of Rambles. In the 1920s Corbett compiled a list of hills between 2500 and 3000 feet with a prominence of at least 500 feet. It was not published until after his death, when his sister passed it to the Scottish Mountaineering Club. It is now well known to Scottish hillwalkers as The Corbetts.

Early life[edit]

Rooke Corbett attended both Hulme and Manchester Grammar Schools. While attending St John's College, Cambridge from 1895 to 1898,[1] he walked from Manchester to Cambridge at the beginning of term, and back again at the end.[2]


He was the fourth person to complete the Munros[3] in 1930 and the first Englishman to do so. He was also the second to complete the "Tops".


  1. ^ "Corbett, John Rooke (CRBT895JR)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ John Beatty, ed. (2002). This Mountain Life: The First Hundred Years of the Rucksack Club. Manchester: Northern Light. ISBN 978-0-9546211-0-0.
  3. ^ Scottish Mountaineering Club list of Munroists Archived 2006-09-27 at the Wayback Machine