Not many people recall Mr Harry J Scott.
He was the editor-owner of The Dalesman magazine – and the most learned and informed writer on all things Yorkshire.
More than 40 years ago he wrote Portrait of Yorkshire, which was re-published as simply
Yorkshire in the 1970s.
I often flick through his extra-ordinary prose. His contextual descriptions, gliding from topography, geology, archaeology and historical narrative show a genius at work. I’ll just share with you some of his references to the dale of the Rye: “A Shakespearian richness of tragedy and romance ... the valley of the Rye.
“For much of its life the Rye is a dancing river, happy-go-lucky in its twists and turns, often bewitching in its beauty but never moody or sombre ...
“I think always of the Rye as an attractive maiden who turned south to an eventual marriage with the Derwent ...”
If ever you see a copy of his book in a second-hand, dusty bookshop, treat it as treasure!
> Ed Asquith Editor