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Published On: Thu, Sep 7th, 2017 at 2:13am

Former Lord Provost dies

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Edinburgh’s Lord Provost Frank Ross paid tribute to the late Kenneth Borthwick.

Elected in 1956, Mr Borthwick was Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh between 1977 – 1980. He died peacefully last week at the Royal Infirmary aged 101.


Frank Ross said: “I was sad to hear of the passing of Kenneth Borthwick – a stalwart of local government politics and a predecessor of mine.

“As a sports enthusiast, Ken drove support for the creation of the Council’s famous Royal Commonwealth Pool, the Hill-end Ski Slope and upgrades to Meadowbank Sports Centre. A colourful character with a varied career, Ken Borthwick was both a Sergeant in the Royal Airforce and Dean of the Edinburgh and Leith Consular Corps; a confectioner and also Chair the 1986 Commonwealth Games.

“On behalf of the Council and city he served for so many years, I would like to pay tribute to his time as a Councillor and Lord Provost and pass our sympathies to his son, daughter and grandchildren on their loss.” 


On Ken’s 100th birthday, he was hand-delivered his telegram from the Queen by the former Lord Provost. He is pictured below in his role as the Dean of the Edinburgh and Leith Consular Corps.

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