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This section of the site, as is true with most of it, is incomplete. I will be adding individuals as time permits and increasing the information available under each of them too. Please do not, at this stage, read anything into the absence of any person as I have over 40 more people I have not yet uploaded.

Arnold, Holly

Bauer, Henry

Beckjord, Erik

Binns, Ronald

Boyd, Alistair

Bremner, Robert

Bremner, Ronald

Brusey, Fr Gregory

Burton, Lord

Cameron, Ian

Cameron, Willie 'The Rat'

Campbell, Fraser

Campbell, Gary

Campbell, Steuart

Colclough, Derek

Curtis, Howard & Ruth

Davidson, Francis

Dilworth OSB, Abbot Mark

Dinsdale, Tim

Edgerton, Harold 'Doc'

Fraser, Carol

Frere, Richard

Gardner, Ricky

Keiler, Alan

MacDougall, Betty

Harmsworth, Tony

Hepple, Rip

James, David M.P.

Kieler, Alan

Klein, Marty

Lockhart, Lawrence

Lothrop, John

Lowrance, Darrel

Mackal, Professor Roy

MacKintosh, Gordon

Martin, David

Menzies, Gordon

Minshull, John

Morgan, David

Muir, Mr

Newby, Ivor

Nutkins, Terry

Raynor, Dick

Razdan, Ricky

Rines, Dr. Robert

Scott, Sir Peter

Searle, Frank

Shepherd, Rob

Shine, Adrian

Shine, Maralyn

Skinner, Donald

Sundberg, Jan-Ove

Takala, Mikko

Taylor, Dan

Williamson, Gordon

Wyckoff, Charlie

Zarzynski, Joe


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Arnold, Holly

Very much involved with the Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau.


Bauer, Henry

A long time commentator on events and evidence at Loch Ness. Author of Loch Ness Enigma, a good work, but which has been overtaken by events, particularly surrounding the Surgeon's picture and the Academy of Applied Science material.

Henry finds it difficult to accept that the flipper and Wetherell pictures are faked.


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Beckjord, Erik

A long time researcher into everything cryptozoological. Tends to the incredulous occasionally, but mellowing with age. When examining evidence, often blows up the picture to such an extent that nothing can be seen except the random grain and then claims to see things in the grain itself. Believer in the Crosby pictures, which appear to be no more than ducks. Visit his website and judge for yourselves: www.beckjord.com/nessie 


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Binns, Ronald

Author of the rather prematurely titled "Loch Ness Mystery - SOLVED" book.


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Boyd Alistair

Co-author of Nessie - The Surgeon's Picture ... Exposed. Alistair and wife Sue have been visiting Loch Ness ever since they had a sighting of some huge beast in the water many years ago. The book was instigated by Adrian Shine and co-written by David Martin.


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Bremner, Robert

Son of Ronald and Libby Bremner, owners of the Loch Ness Centre. Robert now manages the Centre.


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Bremner, Ronald

Former owner of the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition.

Ronnie died on the 1st December 2001 from multiple cancers.

Today, 6th December 2001 at 2pm, I stood in the frosty graveyard of Kilmore cemetery and helped lower Ronnie Bremner to his final resting place. 

As Libby and the boys shed tears the Drumnadrochit crows mocked the village's largest funeral for sixty years as Ronnie descended into a grave backing onto his father-in-law Derek Milne and my brother-in-law Derek Colclough. My mother lies a few feet away, Ronnie's parents a little further and, one day, I will be a close neighbour. Few things at Loch Ness are more certain.

Such an event is very sobering and makes one think deeply about one's own mortality. Ronnie was in his sixtieth year and had been physically fit until only a few months before his death.

Born in 1941 to hoteliers Jean and Willie Bremner, he was their only son.

Always a live-wire and sportsman, he played rugby, tennis, table tennis and golf to a high standard. He and his wife Libby were tennis doubles' champions of Inverness and his table tennis was to international standards. He loved golf and played to a short handicap. Any sport he attempted he was excellent at. He would pick up a set of darts maybe once or twice a year and play to a good club standard. A natural sportsman's eye.

Ronnie had a very generous heart and this was not always obvious to people who did not get to know him properly. I remember one occasion when a villager came to Ronnie in desperation late on a Friday to get a cheque cashed to get matters arranged after his son had been killed in a road accident. This person was an aging father of a large family and was never particularly flush. Ronnie wandered off into the bar of the hotel with the cheque, brought back the money (a substantial sum) and handed it to the villager together with the original cheque. Yet on another occasion he would throw a fit if a car park attendant was under-employed for 30 minutes. This was the nature of the man and it always made him a difficult person to "read".

When his father died he took on the running of the Drumnadrochit Hotel and oversaw the building of a new Motor Inn section which opened in 1979. In the same year he met the webmaster who ran a darts championship for him which saw several international players making the trip to Drumnadrochit on a weekly basis. The webmaster did this in order to get Ronnie's ear over a concept he had for a Loch Ness Exhibition.

Within a short period it was agreed that Ronnie would finance the exhibition and provide the buildings to the rear of the old Drumnadrochit Hotel and the webmaster would research, set- up and run the exhibition. It was agreed that they would own the business 50/50. Later I actually agreed to reduce my 50% to 25% as Ronnie had taken all the risk.

Sadly the lack of a written contract caused a wedge to be driven between them. The webmaster provided the intellectual property of the original concept, the research, the text, exhibition content and its ongoing development for his 25% share of the business. Ronnie considered it to be only for a share of the profits as long as the webmaster was employed. The effect on the webmaster of discovering this after the business had become very, very successful can be imagined. The moral ... always put it in writing at the beginning. I don't think Ronnie ever appreciated the effect this had on me and our relationship. His family have never asked for my take on events.

The webmaster continued to work for Ronnie until 1990 improving the original exhibition and then planning its move into the derelict Victorian hotel building and obtaining the services of Adrian Shine as a consultant to the centre.

For Ronnie, the new exhibition provided financial security for him and his family. He went on to franchise out the hotel business and shops leaving the exhibition concept I created as the lucrative core business.

More recently he and his son, Robert, developed the business further with the assistance of the local Enterprise company into one of the finest visitor attractions in Scotland. Their resources together with Adrian Shine's services as consultant created one of the most innovative and exciting educational exhibition experiences in Britain.

Over the past few years Ronnie and wife Libby had moved to Edinburgh leaving Robert to run their interests at the centre. This semi-retirement gave them both some quality time together.

However, the cancer which took Ronnie was totally unexpected and extremely fast moving. Towards the end he deteriorated very quickly. The funeral was a moving event with best friends, Ronnie Young and Bobbie Davidson recollecting their years of friendship. Robbie and Michael Bremner spoke briefly and stressfully and Adrian Shine read a text by David Bremner and spoke of Ronnie's involvement at Loch Ness and his dreadful habit of losing the keys to anything and everything.

The webmaster has mixed memories of his association with Ronnie. There were some really great times in the eighties with Operation Deepscan, a holiday together in Andalusia, the amazing loss of a full size "flipper" (see Anecdotes) and some great fun with press and VIPs. His passing is the end of an era at Loch Ness and no-one can deny the impact of the exhibition centre on everyone in the tourist industry on Loch Ness side and he is sure to missed by the people of the glen.

I, of course, regret that lack of a contract every time I pass the crowded exhibition car park.

Now the centre's new website www.LochNess.com is rubbing salt into the wound. It has a history section which writes me out of the history of the centre completely. Why they would feel the need to do this defeats me.


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Brusey, Fr Gregory

One of the monks of the now derelict Fort Augustus Abbey. He had the best ever "long neck" sighting in 1972 while accompanied by the late Roger Pugh who was organist at Westminster Cathedral at the time. Fr Gregory died at Ampleforth Abbey in Yorkshire on 30th March 2001 at the age of 88.


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Burton, Lord

Lord Burton owns the Dochfour estate which runs alongside the Caledonian Canal beside the weir. He also owns much of the land on the northern side of the loch from Lochend westward.

Had a sighting in the thirties.


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Cameron, Willie "The Rat"

Works with Fraser Campbell on Loch Ness Marketing which looks after media teams. They were also responsible for the creation of the Temple Pier WebCam which is now defunct.

The two of them, working together, have made a great difference to commerce in Drumnadrochit and are not as appreciated as they should be for their achievements.


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Campbell, Fraser

Works with Willie Cameron on Loch Ness Marketing which looks after media teams. They were also responsible for the creation of the Temple Pier WebCam which is now defunct. 

Fraser also ran the Drumnadrochit Hotel and Moffat Arms at the Loch Ness Centre. He has recently taken on the catering at Urquhart Castle which is called the Loch Ness Coffee Co and set up Cobbs restaurant in the village, which had a really brilliant chef, John Tripney. Sadly their lease ran out and Cobbs in the village have gone, but they are trying to breathe new life into the brand at the Loch Ness Clansman Hotel.

Fraser and Willie, working together, have made a great difference to commerce in Drumnadrochit and are not as appreciated as they should be for their achievements.


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Campbell, Gary

President (for Life?) of the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club and that about sums it up.  In the past publicised dubious Loch Ness Monster sightings omitting important information, but in recent years has become a more pragmatic and reliable source of information.


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Campbell, Steuart

Long time Loch Ness monster sceptic. Believed the Wetherell picture was an otter's tail.


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Operation Deepscan at Loch Ness

Colclough, Derek

Was one of the most highly qualified professional industrial photographers in the Highlands in the nineteen-eighties.

Assisted with the Nessie Hunt board game in 1985.

In 1987 he took the most famous photograph of Operation Deepscan and also photographed much of the expedition which lifted the Wellington bomber from the loch in the eighties.

Died prematurely in 1988 at the age of 56.


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Curtis, Howard & Ruth

Howard was secretary of the Academy of Applied Science. A really straight-forward and amenable couple.


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Davidson, Francis

Father Francis Davidson was a monk of Fort Augustus Abbey. In the eighties he was headmaster of the boys boarding school at the Abbey and presided over a falling roll.  His recommendations to close the school were overturned and a rescue package was put in place to save the school.  Unhappy that his closure plan was overruled, he abandoned his monastic community and left for the United States where he became headmaster of the Benedictine school at Portsmouth Abbey.

Apparently considering himself to be indispensable at Portsmouth, he did not wish to be considered for the position of Abbot at Fort Augustus at the last election in 1991.  Shortly after Father Mark Dilworth was elected Abbot of Fort Augustus, Portsmouth dispensed with Fr Davidson's services and he returned to Scotland.

Unhappy with the Abbot's administration he abandoned the community again and became a parish priest at Warrington.

Several overtures were made to try to get him to return to the Abbey to assist the Webmaster in its administration, but all were to no avail.

In 1998 he returned as Prior Administrator and within five months had closed down the struggling four year old Abbey business and shut down the monastery, dispersing the monks to other monasteries.

The Fort Augustus Benedictine community now no longer exists and the buildings are being turned into luxury flats.


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Dilworth OSB, Abbot Mark

Abbot Mark Dilworth OSB is one of Scotland's foremost medieval historians and was responsible for arranging for the library of Fort Augustus Abbey to be placed in the safe-keeping of the National Library in Edinburgh.  He did this not a moment too soon as can be seen in the entry under Fr Francis Davidson.

Abbot Mark was responsible for permitting the attempt to save the Abbey from closure in 1993 and retired in 1998, only to be devastated by the actions of Fr Francis Davidson in the months following his replacement.


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Dinsdale, Tim

Tim Dinsdale obtained a piece of 16mm monochrome film of something crossing Loch Ness, apparently submerging and moving parallel to the shore.  This film was responsible, more than any other single piece of evidence, for the idea to form the Loch Ness Phenomenon Investigation Bureau in the sixties.

In the eighties it was discovered by chance that the film actually showed a boat, not an animal after all.  This information was not published until after Tim's death owing to his heart condition.  

It is believed that Tim made an honest mistake.  The object certainly looked like an animal until it was examined on video with the contrast enhanced when, during the "submerged" sequence, a man could clearly be seen in many frames sitting at the back of a boat which was the same colour as its wake, and therefore almost invisible.

Tim was one of the nicest men you could ever want to meet, was a friend of the Webmaster and was certainly one of the greatest influences ever on the story of the search at Loch Ness.

Tim was the author of Loch Ness Monster, Project Water Horse and others.


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Edgerton, Harold "Doc"

Harold Edgerton, also known as Papa Flash, worked extensively with Jacques Cousteau.  He was also the founder of E. G & G the photographic firm which photographed nuclear explosions for the U.S. government.

He only ever became involved on the fringe of the investigation at Loch Ness by lending Dr Rines and the Academy of Applied Science several pieces of photographic equipment including the cameras which obtained the flipper pictures and other underwater pictures of the Academy.


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Fraser, Carol

Carol Fraser runs one of the most interesting Loch Ness sites at www.Nessie.co.uk and also looked after Dan Taylor's now defunct Nessa Project site at www.Nessa-Project.com.

Carol's site has gradually grown to be one of the most popular on the web, perhaps with the exception of the WebCam sites which are linked to by so many other sites.  This is a failing of the linking process because it means that some of the sites with the best information do not get the visitors they deserve.

Carol's philosophy is to present all material and let others draw their own conclusions. While this can be seen as an admirable attribute at first glance, it also means that some spurious material is allowed into the public domain unnecessarily. 

However, overall, her site is well worth a visit.


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Lachlan Stuart's fake Loch Ness Monster picture

Frere, Richard

Author of the book about the Loch Ness area called "Loch Ness".

Richard, who died in 1999, actually watched Lachlan Stuart setting up his Loch Ness monster fake picture. It was three bales of hay covered with tarpaulin.

When the Webmaster first published this fact in his booklet "Loch Ness - The Monster", he received poison pen letters from a friend of Lachlan Stuart who never gave his name.  I think this shows what a convincing job Lachlan Stuart made of telling his tale to his friends.

Richard Frere was of exceptional integrity and honesty and there is no reason to disbelieve his account.  His "Loch Ness" book makes excellent reading.

Richard was also present when the Corrimony chambered cairn was opened in 1952.

He will be sadly missed in the glen.


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Scott, Sir PeterSir Peter Scott's artist's impression of Nessiteras Rhombopteryx

Sir Peter Scott was one of the founders of the Loch Ness Bureau and kept a keen interest in the subject right up to his death.  It was he who produced the artist impression to the right in 1975.

After the Academy of Applied Science had joined the Loch Ness Bureau they obtained the flipper photographs (see Underwater Photography page) and the "gargoyle head" picture. Sir Peter Scott drew this impression of what the monsters may look like.  He also gave it a scientific name - Nessiteras rhombopteryx. Crossword fanatics quickly pointed out that this name formed an anagram of "Monster hoax by Sir Peter S."  During a radio programme I did with Sir Peter and Alex Campbell, he was challenged with this anagram by the presenter and said, "Do you not think that if I was going to do such a thing, that I could have incorporated the C O T T of Scott?".  There is no answer to that.

Sir Peter almost certainly did not intend the anagram and it must be said that when he made the drawing he was under the impression that the flipper pictures were real and that the gargoyle head picture was taken by a camera in mid-water. Neither was the case.


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Jan-Ove Sundberg

An enthusiastic individual with some interesting research ideas. In 2001 he brought a large net/cage to the loch, but results were disappointing. He has explored many other techniques and visited other lakes with monster traditions.  

His website includes quotes attributed to me, but completely invented. I have no idea why he does this. Visit www.Gust.com.


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Takala, Mikko

The webmaster of LochNess.co.uk which calls itself the Officially Original Loch Ness Website, perhaps in reference to the two Loch Ness Centres of which one is called Official and one Original.

Mikko did much of the development work at the new Loch Ness 2000 exhibition in 1999. It was quite innovative at the time. The relationship with the centre deteriorated and much of Takala's work had to be replaced so that it could be maintained by the new suppliers.

Mikko was also anti the new development at Urquhart Castle and very outspoken about the Drumnadrochit village toilets.  His opinions on the former, although agreed with by many in the village, are now considered to be "over the top" and his attacks on the latter did not make him very popular in the village which has finally succeeded in getting the toilets replaced.

He has an over-inflated opinion of his own importance regarding Loch Ness, yet disparages those who have had a far greater involvement and who have a more comprehensive knowledge of the subject.

Readers should visit his site and make up their own minds about him. I must admit that I cannot understand what he is about at all.

Certainly Mikko is nothing if not controversial.


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