Ben Humble

Benjamin Hutchison Humble M.B.E. (1903 - 1977) was a prolific author and a noted Scottish climber who was responsible for the creation of Scottish Mountain Rescue teams as we know them today. He was also a keen photographer and film maker. During the World War Two he produced several educational films in order to support the war effort Ben Humble was born in Dumbarton in 1903, one of the sons of the manager of Dennystown Forge. Despite his total deafness he became a dentist, later making advances in forensic dentistry. A biography of his life, "The Voice Of The Hills - The Story Of Ben Humble" was written by his son Roy Humble in 1995.

Published Works

  • Tramping In Skye 1933
  • The Songs Of Skye 1934
  • Wayfaring Around Scotland 1936
  • On Scottish Hills 1946
  • The Cuillin Of Skye 1952
  • Arrochar and District: A Complete Guide 1930
  • Songs For Climbers 1938, a collection of climbing songs put together by Humble and his publisher W.M.McLellan
  • Rock Climbs On The Cobbler 1940, written with the assistance of J.B.Nimlin and G.C.Williams
  • Rock Climbs At Arrochar 1954, written with the assistance of J.B.Nimlin.


  • "A Bomb Fell" 1941
  • "A Cragsman's Day" 1946
  • "Holidays in Arrochar" 1949


Biography of Ben Humble on the Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui Heritage Group web site

R. Humble, "The Voice Of The Hills - The Story Of Ben Humble" Edinburgh : Pentland Press, 1995. ISBN: 1858212499 9781858212494

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