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Poem called 'My Friend' from Davie Glen Collection

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Poem called 'My Friend' from Davie Glen Collection

Extent And Medium
1 poem

Davie Glen

Creator History
David R Glen, known as Davie lived for thirty years in a converted railway carriage, named 'Bachnagairn' near Tealing, Dundee.Davie was the youngest of six - his father was killed with the Black Watch in 1917, his mother worked as a farm worker. Davie's first job was at the age of 14 on a dairy farm.He started cycle racing in 1927, turning semi-professional during the 1930's to ease the financial situation caused by the Depression.He climbed his first mountain, Beinn a' Beithir (South of Fort William) in 1931 whilst working on a road building project. He signed up in 1940 to join the Royal Air Force, and in 1949, in remembrance of a friend lost at sea, started the annual Lochnager Sunrise Expedition. He had an attack of spinal meningitis and suffered with an ulcer for many years. He was renowned for his waist length beard and worked on tunnelling projects, with the Forestry commission and as a warden at Langhaugh Youth Hostel, he also worked as a dry stane dyker. He was a founding member of the Carn Dearg Mountaineering Club, as well as forming other outdoor interests groups such as the 'Good Companions' and always assisted on Mountain Rescue call outs. He was an all round entertainer being proficient in the traditional musical arts of diddling and whistling. He performed the former on the Wilfred Pickles show, 'Ask Pickles' in London in 1955. He was also well practiced in story-telling and entered competitions for the telling of lies,the most convincing being the winner. Davie Glen died after a short illness in 1978.

Archival History
Displayed at the Gateway to the Glen's Museum in 2005 when reference number DBK 834 was assigned.

Acquisition Source
Salvaged from Nancy Smith's bunkhouse 'The Fasgoidh', Fersit in Lochaber just before it was demolished in 199

Scope Content
1 poem
see Davie Glen Collection

Access Conditions
This collection is open for consultation. Readers are advised to contact the Scottish Mountain Heritage Collection in advance of their visit in order to make an appointment.

Reproduction Conditions
Most items are copyright protected. Contact copyright holder for permission to use.


In compliance with ISAD (G); General International Standard of Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); Library of Congress Authorities: provided online by The Library of Congress, date, National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

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