Tributes paid to Borders football stalwart Morain

East of Scotland League president Morain Scott presents the City Cup to Berwick Rangers goalkeeper Mark Peat after their 2-1 victory over Spartans at Shielfield Park.
East of Scotland League president Morain Scott presents the City Cup to Berwick Rangers goalkeeper Mark Peat after their 2-1 victory over Spartans at Shielfield Park.

The father of World’s End murder victim Helen Scott has died – a year after his daughter’s killer was brought to justice.

Morain Scott, a great servant to local football in the Borders for decades, passed away on Friday, aged 85.

He suffered nearly four decades of torment after Helen’s death in 1977.

Killer Angus Sinclair was last year convicted of murdering Helen and her friend, Christine Eadie. He was sentenced to a minimum of 37 years.

Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC said: “Morain was a lovely man who bore his daughter’s murder with great dignity and forbearance.

“He never gave up hope that one day Helen’s murderer would be brought to justice. I was pleased to play a part in this and that this happened during Morain’s lifetime.

“I know that he promised his late wife that he would do everything in his power to achieve this.”

Tom Wood, former deputy chief constable with Lothian and Borders Police who worked on the World’s End case, also paid tribute, saying: “I had such admiration for the way he conducted himself over all those years.

“I’m very sorry he’s gone, but I’m so pleased he saw justice done for his daughter.”

A retired British Telecom sales representative, Morain and his family lived in Coldstream when Helen was born in 1960, before moving to Penicuik and on to Edinburgh.

Morain was honorary president of Coldstream Football Club for 35 years and fulfilled the same the role for the East of Scotland Football Association. He served in all of the office bearer roles for the East of Scotland Football Association and represented it on the Council of the Scottish Football Association.

An association spokesman said: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce our honorary president, Morain Scott, passed away on Friday evening.

“Morain was a very longstanding servant of east of Scotland football and will be sorely missed in our association and league.”