Bailey was in the great tradition of English eccentrics
- he lost his eye winning the Military Cross in France during the
First World War.
He was in the Scottish Office for 30 years, and later
became one of
the most eccentric Directors of the Survey. Bailey stories abound....
'....he had a habit when in the field of leaping
into the first stream he saw to get his boots soaked, which avoided
any later reluctance to get his feet wet; his naked plunges into
Highland burns on the coldest days to emphasise his 'machismo'; his
habit, on leaving his lodgings with a packed lunch, of sitting down
about half an hour out saying "Let's eat it now and get it over with".'