Photos by E B Bailey

Sir Edward Battersby Bailey

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".' (H.E.Wilson)


A bunch of Highland 'desperadoes'
A bunch of Highland 'desperadoes'
A bunch of Highland 'desperadoes'