Thomas Weir MBE, better known as Tom (December 29,
1914 - July 6, 2006) was a Scottish climber, author and broadcaster.
He was best known for his
long-running television series Weir's Way
Early life and career
born in Springburn, Glasgow, and was the
younger brother of actress Molly Weir. After service in the
Royal Artillery during
World War II, he worked as a surveyor for the Ordnance Survey before commencing a full-time career as a climber,
writer and photographer.
In 1950 he
was a member of the first post-war Himalayan expedition and, in 1952, was one of the first to
explore the previously closed mountain ranges of Nepal, east of
Media career and later life
Weir became a pioneering campaigner for the protection of the
Scottish environment, and wrote a column for The Scots Magazine
for over 50
years. From 1976, he hosted the Scottish Television
, meeting the people of Scotland, exploring the landscape
and its natural history. The show has recently been aired again on
, and is now available on DVD in the UK. He
won the Scottish Television 'Personality of the Year Award' in
1978. He was appointed MBE in 1976.
in Gartocharn and in 2000 he was awarded the inaugural John Muir Lifetime
Achievement Award by the John Muir
Trust in recognition of his environmental work.
also celebrated in the song "Tom
written by Edinburgh musician Sandy Wright and performed
by the band Aberfeldy
recently, L. Pierre
wrote an ambient instrumental song,
"Weir's Way", featured on his album, "Dip".
buried on 17 July 2006 in Kilmaronock Parish Church, near Drymen at 2pm.
buried in the same plot as his sister Molly.
A collection of some of Tom Weir's best walks is currently
available on DVD. Both series of Weir's Way are available on DVD,
distributed by Acorn Media UK