John Morton Boyd was born on 31 January 1925 in Darvel, and died on 25 August 1998 in Edinburgh. With his passing, the world of conservation lost one of its most charismatic pioneers and Scotland one of her greatest conservationists. Morton Boyd was educated at Kilmarnock Academy where, as in later life, he was a notable success. In the War years, between 1942 and 1943, he was School Captain, House Captain, Rugby Captain, Sports Champion and Flight Sergeant in the ATC. On leaving school in 1943, he started his National Service in the St Andrews University Air Squadron, joining the Royal Air Force in 1944 as an Aircrew Cadet and leaving in 1947 as a Flight Lieutenant. During this time (1945) he trained in Canada as an Air Navigator.