Hamish Wilson 1942 – 2020
From Lorne Boswell of Equity…
“Sorry to hear of Hamish’s death last Thursday.
He led a full life and touched many people. He was one of life’s enthusiasts and succeeded at most everything he turned his hand to. Trained at the RSAMD, his early career as an actor included Greyfriars Bobby (1961), Vital Spark (‘66), Softly Softly (‘67), Dr Who (‘68) The Mind Robber. He worked for Equity for a bit in Glasgow and London. His latter working years were as a Radio Drama Producer for the BBC where he produced hundreds of network dramas for Radio 3 and 4. He returned to acting after retiring from the BBC and appeared in Taggart, Monarch of the Glen and many others. Time in his company was always enjoyable and often informative.
He succumbed to this dreaded virus. We won’t be able to gather for his funeral. Remember that mischievous grin and raise a glass to him. RIP.”
I met Hamish while I was working at Radio Clyde and after I went out on my own during 1988 Hamish did a lot of our early voice overs. It was during 2005 when we produced Type 2 Diabetes the No Nonsense Guide that I am about to preview below. Hamish was a stickler for correctness and if something wasn’t right he would do it again. I got Hamish to read the whole script so we could use it as a guide track.
Unfortunately the last time I spoke to Hamish was about a year ago, I say unfortunately because I wish it had not been so long ago. Hamish used to stay about 5 minutes along the road from me till he and his lovely wife Dianna retired to Newton Stewart near Wigtown which is 95 miles away.
The Mind Robber took place in June 1968, during production of the Mind Robber actor Frazer Hines contracted chickenpox and was hurriedly replaced by Hamish Wilson for episode 2.
His nom de plumb was the “arm chair general” as he was very much into virtual war on his computer and a ton of books on the subject. Its very sad to think I will no longer to be able to pick up the phone to my old friend who had the richest, warmest, chocolatey voice in the world of voice over artists. God bless you Hamish.
Hamish leaves a lovely wife Dianna and three very loving girls Emma, Alice and Abigail.