Una Cameron

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Una Cameron
Una May Cameron

May 6, 1904
West Linton, Peeblesshire, Scotland
DiedOctober 15, 1987(1987-10-15) (aged 83)
Buckingham, England
OccupationMountaineer & Author
Known forFirst female to climb Mount Kenya

Una May Cameron[1] (6 May 1904 - 15 October 1987) was a Scottish mountain climber known for her ascents in the Alps, Caucasus and Africa.


Cameron was born in West Linton, Scotland. Twin daughter of her father Ewen Cameron, a landed proprietor, and mother Jeanie Dewar from the Dewar whiskey family.[2] She studied in the Cheltenham Ladies' College in Montreux, Switzerland and the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London.[3] She had the wealth to live abroad and pursue climbing.

In the 1930s, she made many first ascents in the Alps and in the Caucasus, which she described in A Good Line (1932). She also made the first female ascent of the highest peak, Batian, on Mount Kenya, March 1938.[3] She joined the Ladies Alpine Club in 1929 and served as its president in 1957. She lived for many years in Courmayeur, Italy, and made many ascents in the Mont Blanc range. She died in Buckingham, England.

In 2002, the Montagna Sicura Foundation in Courmayeur, Italy designated their headquarters in Una's home that she had built during the 1930s which is still named after her, Villa Cameron. The foundation aim is to promote safe use and study of the mountains that she loved.[3]


  1. ^ Osborne, Carol A. (2004). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Cameron, Una May (1904–1987). Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198614128.
  2. ^ Elizabeth Ewan, Sue Innes, Rose Pipes and Siân Reynolds (2006). Kilimanjaro & East Africa: A Climbing and Trekking Guide. The Mountaineers Books. p. 24. ISBN 0-89886-604-9.
  3. ^ a b c Burns, Cameron M. (2006). The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women: From the earliest times to 2004. Edinburgh University Press Ltd. pp. 60–61. ISBN 0-7486-1713-2.