RIP Bernard Heath
In 1965, Bernard Heath pushed open the rattly door of a former shepherd’s cottage deep in the Galloway Hills in southern Scotlandand thumbed open the visitor book. He was attracted to an entry expressing dismay at the abandonment and likely reination of many worthy buildings in remote countryside and the hope that an organisation could take this sad state of arrairs in hand.
Bernard took this to heart and was determined to act. He was familiar with staying in bothies not least because so-called mobile camping was a cumbersome and heavyweight affair. Small buildings constructed from combinations of stone, wood, metal sheeting – whatever was locally available – they housed shepherds, gamekeepers, miners and the like whose work took them far from towns and villages.
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