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Hamish Haswell-Smith

Hamish Haswell-Smith

Hamish Haswell-Smith was born in Glasgow on 20 September 1928, the son of Ralph Jeanrenaud Haswell-Smith and his wife Marion McNab. His father had served in the First World War and was wounded on the Somme. He studied agriculture at Edinburgh University, joined the Indian Forest Service and, in 1945, became Director of Land Improvement for the Bombay Government. For sailing, having previously raced on the Forth and gained a Yachtmaster qualification at Leith Nautical College in 1976, he took up cruising, mainly on the West Coast, and this interest eventually led him to write the best-selling The Scottish Islands illustrated with his own drawings and paintings and with his own maps created by computer-graphics. This large book which has run to several editions has also an Italian translation. A further book An Island Odyssey followed and several commissions for book illustrations including The illustrated Vital Spark – a selection of Neil Munro’s famous Para-Handy stories.