Tiso director falls to his death on hill

Donald Tiso was a director at the firm. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Donald Tiso was a director at the firm. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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A DIRECTOR at one of Scotland’s best-known outdoor clothing and equipment companies has died in a climbing accident.

Donald Tiso, whose father Graham founded the Edinburgh-based firm Tiso, died after falling as he walked on a Munro near Fort William.

Police said the 50-year-old, who was hiking with a friend, was seriously injured after falling on the mountain. He was flown to hospital by helicopter but pronounced dead on arrival.

It is thought Mr Tiso and a companion were walking on Ben Starav, a Munro near the village of Taynuilt, which is about 12 miles from Oban, when Mr Tiso slipped and fell.

Mr Tiso’s father, who was also a keen mountaineer, died in a tragic boating accident in 1992 when he was 57.

He started the company with his wife Maude in the Capital in 1962. Tiso has since grown to become a household name, with 21 stores across Scotland, as well as outlets in England and Northern Ireland. The company recently announced it had sold a controlling stake in the business to JD Sports Fashion.

Emergency services received a call from Mr Tiso’s climbing partner at 11.50pm on Friday. He was flown by helicopter to hospital in Fort William, but was pronounced dead on arrival.