Burn on the Hill, Elizabeth Allan (1995)
Seventy or eighty years ago Ronnie Burn came as a stranger to the glens of the Scottish Highlands and found hospitality. It enabled him to achieve his goal of becoming the first ‘Compleat Monroist’, but more importantly it brought a lonely man into a warm circle of friendship and affection. Using Burn’s hill diaries, hitherto unpublished, Elizabeth Allan brings us a fascinating account of his many long and arduous walks and the warm welcomes he found in homes now given over to summer holiday use, or left derelict, or even submerged under hydro-electric dams. The way of life that he shared there has gone forever. The glens are empty but the oddly endearing ‘Father Burn’ became a legend still remembered within several families now scattered far and wide throughout Scotland and beyond.
Published by Bidean Books. Designed, edited and typeset at The Electronic Cottage (2000)