Sandy Anton, a former professor of law, was born near Buckie and spent his early years there and in Fochabers. In his teens he developed a passion for the Scottish hills and their flowers. This interest was not diminished by later scrambles in the Alps in summer and skiing there in winter. When skiing came to Aviemore, he was soon to enjoy long traverses on skis in the Cairngorms and Monadliaths. It was only later that he revived his boyhood interest in picturesque places along the Moray coast and in the country towns and villages along or near to the banks of the Spey. Their history has become his paramount interest.