Born and raised on the same farm in Hilton, where he now lives with his wife Kathryn and three children – Emma, 8, Matt, 6, and Jessica, 2 – Hamish is a product of Hilton College and Stellenbosch University, where he obtained a BSc Forestry (Hons).
Fuelled by wanderlust and a hunger for adventure, after completing his studies, he joined the British Army where he rose to become a captain in the 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment.
In the meantime, while he was jumping out of planes, his father Miles had sold his agricultural contracting business and started a protea-growing agri-business on the family farm in Hilton.
After seven years in the army, however, Hamish felt the pull of home tugging at his heart. Looking to settle down, the thought of raising a family on the Hilton farm where he had grown up, along with being pioneers in a new and untested area, was a no-brainer for him.
The farm is now quite different to the one he remembers growing up on – gone is the small dairy and horse-riding school. In their place is a sea of proteas, pincushions, and some other test varieties, like hydrangeas, with about 20ha of the property now under flower cultivation.