Friday, 29 July 2011

Gavin Maxwell

Were Gavin Maxwell to be alive today, he would have celebrated his 97th birthday a fortnight ago. His restless spirit was evident from childhood days in Wigtownshire to university life in Oxford, to war service and then a spell with Wilfred Thesiger in the reed marshes of Southern Iraq. He is mainly associated with islands off-shore from Skye and with interests in wildlife, in general, and otters, in particular. The photograph below is of the bronze sculpture of his smooth-coated otter, Mijbil, on Sandaig, where the author spent his final years.

Scottish Islands Explorer - now in its twelfth year

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