Tributes pour in for Blue Badge Guide

Tributes have been pouring in after the death of popular Scottish Blue badge tourist guide Richard Thomson at the age of 65 on March 20.

Edinburgh based Richard qualified as a BBG in 1988 and was one of the longest serving members of the STGA. He was a familiar figure at Edinburgh Castle in his trademark long coat.

Richard appeared regularly in the Scottish press over the years as he enthusiastically promoted his profession.

Tributes have been pouring in after the death of popular Scottish Blue badge tourist guide Richard Thomson at the age of 65 on March 20.

Edinburgh based Richard qualified as a BBG in 1988 and was one of the longest serving members of the STGA. He was a familiar figure at Edinburgh Castle in his trademark long coat.

Richard appeared regularly in the Scottish press over the years as he enthusiastically promoted his profession.

He also acted as an inspiration to his fellow guides with his good humour and encouragement especially to newly qualified colleagues.


A former rugby player, Richard was also a keen golfer and led many golf related tours.

STGA chair Lyn Brown said: “It was a dreadful shock to hear of Richard’s sudden death and my thoughts are with his family, the colleagues who were expecting to be working with him that day, and his many friends. He was a popular guide, known for helping others, and will be missed by all who knew him.”

Fellow Blue Badge guide Fiona Scott said: “I am so shocked and so sad to hear we have lost Richard. A lovely, talented, and friendly man and a wonderful guide.

Another guide Alan Swinton said that Richard was his inspiration to become a Blue Badge guide.

Dianne McGuiness added: “He was an inspirational, positive person with time for everyone. He must have informed and entertained tens of thousands of guests over the years. He will be sadly missed. My thoughts are with family and friends.

Andy Middleton described Richard as an “inspirational, positive person and genuinely nice guy.”