Friday, 26 September 2014


This title is given to the late Glaswegian hill-goer and compiler of mountain-tables - William McKnight Docharty (13). In Munro history, he made the first grand slam of Munros, Tops and Furths.

A recent inspection of his hill diary English, Irish and Welsh Mountain Excursions, volume 1, interestingly revealed that he climbed all the Furths (bar Ill Crag) in September 1948; the itinerary of his traverse is given here:-

Monday, 13th - Macgillycuddy's Reeks
Tuesday, 14th - Brandon Mountain
Wednesday, 15th - Galtymore
Thursday, 16th - Lugnaquillia
Friday, 17th - The Carneddau
Saturday, 18th - The Glyderau
Sunday, 19th - Snowdon
Tuesday, 21st - The Scafells (minus Ill Crag)
Thursday, 23rd - Skiddaw
Friday, 24th - Helvellyn

The concluding summit - Ill Crag - was reached at 3.15 pm on Thursday, 29 September 1949.

I would like to thank Olive Geddes and other members of staff at the National Library of Scotland, for their kind assistance.

Saturday, 21 June 2014


Welcome to my blog. It spawned from my researches into the location of Furth compleations (as summarised in: FINAL FURTHS - AN OVERVIEW, published in the 2013 Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal, pp.609-610).

Hopefully, dear reader, I can share with you a potpourri of eveything Furth, from the earliest hill list* (prescribed by James Parker) to accounts of traverses. But let it be said here that the term 'Munro' is expunged from my blogs. Eric Maxwell, founder of the Munroist list (now maintained by the SMC), coined the phrase 'Furth of Scotland'. Indeed, he stated in the 1960 Grampian Club Bulletin: "It seems clear that, as from the start, "Munro" should be applied only to the separate mountains of 3,000 feet or over in Scotland, and not used for subsidiary tops or for heights furth of Scotland ..."

As part of my ongoing research, I'm always pleased to learn the name and date of Last Furths - from both Munroists and non-Munroists. Please email details to me at:

* See my article 'FURTHS: THE EARLY LISTS', in the SMC Journal 2017, Vol. 45, No. 208, pp.233-241.

Simon Glover