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Hugh Thomas Munro

 

Sir Hugh Thomas Munro, fourth baronet, was born in London in 1856. The eldest of nine children, his formative years were divided between London and the family estate at Lindertis, near Kirriemuir. When Sir Hugh was about 17 years of age he went to Germany to learn the language and, while there, developed an interest in the outdoors.

 

In 1889, Sir Hugh was one of the founder members of the Scottish Mountaineering Club and, shortly thereafter, he undertook the task of listing all the Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet (914.4 metres). Two years later, Sir Hugh published 'Tables of Heights over 3000 Feet - volume 1' and, although he had already done some climbing before he started the project, he admitted to friends later that, when he started his list, he did not realise how much hard work it would involve. Sir Hugh's final list had 283 separate 3,000 foot plus mountains and 538 'tops' - and he climbed all but five of these.

 

Sir Hugh eventually stopped climbing in the early 1900s due to severe arthritis and, in 1919, at the age of 63, he developed pneumonia and died in France. His body was brought back to Lindertis, where he was buried in the family's private graveyard on the estate.

 

The Munro Society, which was formed in 2001, keeps a record of all those who have 'compleated' (it is always the archaic spelling that is used) all of the Munros. The first man to do so is believed to have been the Reverend Archibald Eneas Robertson, in 1901.

 

There are 14 Munros in section 7 of the Tables - The East Mounth: Glen Shee to Mount Keen. This section covers the area south from Deeside and east from Glen Shee and the majority of these Munros can be accessed from the Angus glens.