The battered cover of “In Scotland Again“, my very first Morton book

The HV Morton website has had a number of manifestations since the founding of the society in 2003. Most recently I have amalgamated the old and somewhat dated HV Morton web site and the HV Morton blog into one entity – the one you’re reading right now – to make things more straightforward.

The home page of this combined site is a blog with content mainly derived from HVM Society bulletins while other pages provide basic information on HV Morton himself and the HVM Society. You will find that some content is password-protected and only available to members.

Suggestions and comments about the site are always welcome; if you would like to contact me please use this link, I would love to hear from you. To join the HVM Society please read this page (it’s the nearest we’ve got to ‘terms and conditions’!) and then, if you’re happy, complete the form at the bottom of the page.

About me

I have been a member of the HV Morton society since 2005 having enjoyed his works for a few years prior to that. My name is Niall Taylor and I am a veterinary surgeon, now semi-retired, in Glastonbury, Somerset, in the South West of England.

I am Scottish, originally from the Kingdom of Fife although during my school years, I lived with my family in many different parts of Scotland and England. I qualified from Edinburgh University vet school in 1982 and have worked in various locations in the westcountry of England ever since. I am married to Alison and have the best two children in the world, Thomas and Charlotte.

One of my chief interests has always been books and reading and I am never happier than when rooting round a second hand book shop or library. I particularly enjoy browsing the book section in charity shops, the joy of finding the occasional gem is amazing, my first HV Morton book was bought in just such a shop.

I hope you enjoy reading the website as much as I enjoy running it. If you find it useful and feel inspired to find out more about HV Morton then that’s job done!

With best wishes,

Niall Taylor

5 responses to “About

  1. The Mod this year is returning to Fort William. I would like to include an extract from HV Morton’s book In Scotland Again. Who should I contact about gaining permission for this?

    • Hi Susan, glad to hear the Mod is returning to Fort William, Morton gives an account of a night of highland revelry he had there in the 1930s in one of his Scotland books. I’m not sure who you would approach regarding copyright, or whether you’d need it if it was a short extract. Methuen were/are his publishers in the UK so that would be a good place to start. Also, in the Glencoe visitors’ centre not far from you there was, up to a couple of years ago, an engraved quotation from Morton on a plaque. The folks who run the visitors’ centre might be able to tell you where or if they got permission for that. In the meantime I’ll see if anyone in the HVM society knows. All the best and I hope the Mod goes well. Niall

  2. H.V. Morton wrote the introduction to John Gibbons’ book “Tramping To Lourdes”, published by Methuen in 1929.

  3. Thanks, Charles, I’ll try and track down a copy.

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