Alastair Macintyre

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Alastair Macintyre
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Alastair Macintyre presenting On View, 16 August 1957
Born (1913-12-20)20 December 1913
Northumberland Street, Edinburgh
Died Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "?". 1979(1979-Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "?".-??) (aged Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "?".)Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "?".Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "?".
Nationality Scottish
Education Fettes College, Edinburgh
Alma mater Caius College, Cambridge University
  • BBC announcer
  • Ian MacIntyre
  • Ida van der Gucht

Alastair MacIntyre was senior announcer at BBC Scotland with duties including newsreading and presenting various radio and television programmes.

Early life

Major Alastair MacIntyre of Camus na h'Erie was born in 1913, the son of Ian MacIntyre of Camus na h'Erie, writer to the Signet, and Ida van der Gucht.

He married Margery Constance Grant-Morris in 1939.

He gained the rank of Major in the service of the Royal Scots. He fought in the Second World War.

He was recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, and matriculated his arms at the Lyons Office in 1955.

BBC career

MacIntyre was the announcer at the official opening of the BBC's Scottish television service on 14 March 1952. The broadcast from Studio 1 in Edinburgh's Broadcasting House celebrated the opening of Kirk o' Shotts transmitter in Lanarkshire. It featured a number of speeches followed by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society performing the Duke of Edinburgh Reel.[1] He also introduced programmes such as The Kilt Is My Delight.

He presented programmes for the Scottish Home Service such as Scottish Life and Letters in the early 1960s.


Alastair Macintyre died in 1979.


  1. 'Television comes to Scotland', Glasgow Herald, 15 March 1952, 5.