Borders sheriff Derrick McIntyre retires from bench

Sheriff Derrick McIntyre officially retired on Friday after 18 months on the bench at Jedburgh and Duns.

Solicitors, court staff and other legal representatives marked his departure with a presentation and buffet in the courthouse, following Friday’s criminal business.

Hawick solicitor Rory Bannerman made a short speech, thanking the Sheriff for all his work.

He was then presented with a picture by court clerk Pauline Renwick.

Sheriff McIntyre thanked all the court staff and solicitors for all their work and support during his term on the bench.

Formerly based in Edinburgh, he took over his new appointment at the two Border courts following the departure of Sheriff Donald Corke, who returned to the Lothians.

Born on June 16, 1944, Sheriff McIntyre spent the early years of his childhood in India, where his father worked as a tea planter and served with the Indian army.

He returned to Britain where he attended prep school in Kent and public school at Wellington.

After leaving St Andrews University with a degree in law, Sheriff McIntyre served in the Far East with the 6th Gurkha Rifles.

After rejoining the Black Watch as a territorial, he rose to major and was honoured for his long service.

He is a member of the Royal Company of Archers and chairman of the Scottish Branch of the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

Sheriff McIntyre went into private practice in Edinburgh, before joining Taits Solicitors in Kelso as a partner in 1990.

He became a temporary sheriff in 1983, taking up a full-time post in 2000.

Sheriff McIntyre’s interests include country sports.