Dr Tom Patey (1932 - 1970)

Tom Patey was born and brought up in Ellon where his father was Rector at the Episcopal Church. He attended school at Ellon Academy and Robert Gordon’s College before going to Aberdeen University to study medicine. It was there that his love of climbing was nurtured and developed. Patey did many first ascents in the Himalayas and many of the wild stacks on the west and north coast of Scotland. The best known of these is the Old Man of Hoy - a 450 foot pinnacle of red sandstone. This climb along with Chris Bonnington and Rusty Baillie was famously broadcast live on BBC TV. Patey died as a result of an accident while climbing another sea stack in 1970. He was just 48. As well as a climber of international repute, Patey was an outstanding writer on climbing.

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For further information, the following books may be helpful.

One Man’s Mountains by Tom Patey, 1971 ISBN 0-575-01358-3

Patey, Thomas Walton (Tom) (1932-1870) by Peter Donnelly - OUP 2004