Biggles and the Poor Rich Boy by W. E. Johns was first published in 1961 by Brockhampton. There have been at least 2 subsequent editions in the English language. The events in the book take place probably around the late 1950s or early 1960s. The book is, in effect, a grand tour of one of Johns' favourite parts of Britain, the Scottish Highlands. The amount of geographical detail in the text exceeds that in any other Johns' story--practically every town, hotel and street mentioned actually exists.


"This is the queerest sort of kidnapping case I've ever run into--looking for a boy who doesn't even know he's been kidnapped." So says Biggles' American colleague Eddie Ross (see Biggles' Combined Operation). He comes to London and requests the help of Biggles and his team. The search would take Biggles and his friends on a grand tour of the Scottish Highlands, with many twists and missed opportunities.


Note: The sections below contain spoilers. In particular, the plot subpage (click here) has an extended summary of the narrative in the book


The Special Air PoliceEdit

  • Biggles
  • Algy Lacey
  • Ginger Hebblethwaite
  • Bertie Lissie
  • Gaskin






  • London
  • Inverness
  • Tomintoul
    • Richmond Arms Hotel
  • Drumnadrochit
  • Invermorsten
    • Glenmoriston Arms
  • Fort Augustus
    • Lovat Arms
  • Invergarry
    • The Invergarry
  • Fort William
  • Balluchulish
  • Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Cluanie
  • Aviemore
  • Newtonmore
    • Balavil Arms
  • Kingussie
    • The Duke of Gordon
  • Kincraig
  • The Tromie River
    • The Lodge
  • Grantown


Other Research NotesEdit

References to the pastEdit




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