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In 1891 Hugh Munro published his list of mountains in Scotland over 3000 feet, since then the list has been revised a number of times and the current total stands at 282.

How many revisions have been made between 1891 and the present day and what was the total at each revision?

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A list of changes to the Munro list and database of Munros and tops can be found at The Database of British and Irish hills.

The list is maintained by the Scottish Mountaineering club (SMC) and is published in the SMC Journal. As far as I am aware, an update is only published when there is a change to the list. This is normally because of new survey data putting a mountain above or below 3000’ (914.4m) or changes in whether the mountain is a full Munro or a top (subsidiary peak).

The changes are summarised below:

1891: Munro’s first list published – 538 summits over 3000’, 282 of which are separate mountains. In modern terminology, that is 282 Munros with the rest being Munro tops.

1921: First revision after Munro's death. Mostly changes in what is a top or full Munro – 276 Munros.

1933: A few more switches between Munros and their associated tops – still 276 Munros.

1953: A couple more switches in location of the Munro peak. Beinn Tarsuinn added as Munro – 277 Munros

1969: Some coordinates updated; no changes to Munros/tops.

1974: Some changes between Munros and tops. Beinn a' Chlaidheimh (see 2012) and Ruadh Stac Mòr as Munros. First edition to give 6 figure grid references of the peaks. - 279 Munros.

1981: Various changes, several Munros demoted to tops – 276 Munros.

1984: Beinn Teallach promoted to Munro, several GR updated -277 Munros.

1990: Minor changes to some GRs – 277 Munros.

1997: Several tops promoted to full Munros - 284 Munros.

2009: Sgùrr nan Ceannaichean demoted – 283 Munros.

2012: Beinn a' Chlaidheimh demoted – 282 Munros.

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    Great list! What's really annoying is I climbed Sgùrr nan Ceannaichean in 2011 without knowing my book was out of date! – Liath Oct 8 '14 at 12:57
  • @Liath did you enjoy the climb though? – Spagirl May 22 '17 at 12:26
  • @Spagirl a bad day on the hills is better than a good day in the office! – Liath May 22 '17 at 12:45
  • @Liath As I look out of my office window at a slightly gloomy Inverness, I have to agree. – Spagirl May 22 '17 at 14:32
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    Looks as though 2017 may have to be added to the list - scotsman.com/regions/inverness-highlands-islands/… – Chenmunka May 23 '17 at 8:07
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Although I had originally thought Wikipedia had a good list, nivag pointed me in the direction of walkhighlands, and the Munro Society pages have more info.

  • 1884 - 236
  • 1891 - 282 or 283
  • 1921 - 276
  • 1974 - 279
  • 1981 -
  • 1984 -
  • 1990 -
  • 1997 - 284
  • 2009 - 283
  • 2012 - 282
  • I do not believe this list is complete. According to this the first revision was in 1921 and another munro was demoted in 1981. – nivag Oct 8 '14 at 11:33
  • nivag - correct. I found 1921 and 1974 numbers. I'm hunting round for 1981, 1984 and 1990 now. – Rory Alsop Oct 8 '14 at 12:31

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