Glendessary and Glen Kingie – and my Father as a student missionary.

I received this piece about my Father:

My Dad on the hills he loved.

I was looking at Ian Mitchell’s book titled Mountain Footfalls. In his chapter on Glendessary he refers to an article in an old issue of the Life and Work The Church of Scotland magazine by Mr Whalley, a student missionary in Arkaig 1933-41. He had preached to a congregation of 35 in the corrugated iron schoolhouse and held a Sunday school at Glen Kingie – I think I read recently on Facebook that your father had been a minister – would this have been him??

Regards Keith

Yes this was my Dad he was a student missionary. I have ordered Ian Mitchell’s book .

My Dad who was a minister was a student missionary in the 1930’s and worked here as a Student missionary for several summers at Achnacarry and loved the area and the people! He ministered the local people in the remote Glens. He was helped and stayed with the family of the head Keeper Donald Cameron who helped him in his early days . Donald carried the communion cups and wine over the hills to the small parishes to give communion and always came over these big hills on the way home. Dad took me to meet the man in my trip in the mid 60’s Donald Cameron the head stalker and he had made a huge impression on him all those years ago and they remained great pals throughout their lives. My Dad was young and very fit winning the Arthurs Seat hill race several times when he was at Edinburgh University and running Cross Country. He always told me how powerful the Head stalker was on the hill and how he looked after my Dad and he was the subject of many sermons. I should have listened more.

The Guide Mick Tighe sent me more information on my Dad thanks Mick . It brought back so many memories of him. Like us all he had many faults but a faith and a big heart. He gave me a love of these Highlands and it’s people their kindness and respect. Something I have tried to do in my life.

Loch Arkaig – a great friendship and care from the Highland folk.
My Debt to the Highlands. By my father.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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