Born 16th June 1950, at the
long demolished prefabs
at Inchmyre, Kelso, Alistair
Murray Moffat has become
synonymous with Border
The son of Jack and Ellen Moffat, Kelso the family moved from the prefabs to 42 Inchmead Drive. Alistair and his two sisters attended Inch Road Infants School known to him as The Prison.
Starting as a ball boy whilst still at Primary School he progressed to playing against the under 16s Welsh schools team, inspired by his father’s note – Remember where you come from - he “tackled every Welsh man who came near me”, unfortunately they lost 6:3. He played for Kelso First XV being picked out by Norman Mair as a promising player along with Wattie Blake, the best in the Kelso pack.
Working after school earning 7/6d a week helping Tommy Pontin deliver the Store milk he bought a KB Dansette record player with his hard earned cash. Later he turned his hand to delivering newspapers in North Kelso.
After leaving Kelso High School, Alistair attended St Andrews University, where he gained an MA Hons, furthering his studies at Edinburgh University (Cert.Ed.) and London University (MPhil).
In 1976 he began a five-year period in charge of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This experience resulted in the publication of his first book, The Edinburgh Fringe, in 1978. He then moved to Scottish Television and rose through the ranks to become Director of Programmes and Chief Executive of Network Production.
Returning to the Borders to live he became the Director of the Borders Book Festival which takes place in Melrose each summer and is growing in popularity every year.
The author of thirteen titles, including Kelsae: A History of Kelso from Earliest Times which was originally published in 1985 and updated and reprinted in 2006.
His book, The Borders, the definitive history of the Borders, was published in paperback in May 2007. The Reivers published by Birlinn in June 2007, accompanied a six-part television series, which was commissioned and broadcast by Border Television and presented by Alistair and a fellow descendant of the Reivers, Fiona Armstrong.
Alistair’s book The Wall: was published in conjunction with a major 6-part ITV series presented by Alistair and Dame Tanni-Grey Thompson.
In addition to his books he has also produced numerous DVDs featuring his beloved Border land including “Walking the line”, which explores the Border and involved walking the 108 miles from the Solway to Berwick.
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