Keith Trotter died of a brain aneurysm in 2008, aged 69. He was a passionate and knowledgeable Jaguar car enthusiast and the instigator of the annual Andrew Whyte memorial lecture, which focuses on Jaguar-related topics and raises money for the NSPCC and other charities. Keith was a familiar figure at classic car events, especially on the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club bookstall. The restoration of his own beloved Mk2 was due to be completed in the summer when he passed away.
Born in Auchencairn, Dumfries and Galloway, he was the son of a Forestry Commission officer – whose earlier employment had been as a dog-breeder for an Indian maharajah – and Keith was educated at Kirkcudbright academy. One of the last generation to do national service, he had an abiding respect for those who serve in the army.
At the end of the 1950s, he began working in a Glasgow bookshop while taking his A-levels via adult education classes. Armed with his qualifications he became a department of employment clerical officer and, after two years, moved to London. A couple of years later he moved to the Hammersmith and Fulham housing department. In 1998 he took up his final post at the mental health charity MIND.
Always a countryman at heart, Keith kept his mother’s old house in Auchencairn, and after he retired in 2006, settled in Sleights, North Yorkshire.
The charities Keith was active in included the Alzheimer’s Society, the World Land Trust (saving the animal, the Jaguar, in the wild), the Countryside Restoration Trust, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the North York Moors Steam Railway. Well-travelled and perceptive, he had made frequent trips to the US, and also visited India – tracing his father’s life – Zambia, and many European countries.
Keith was deeply proud of his Scottish heritage. Quietly humorous, at times eccentric, with an old-fashioned courtesy and great compassion, he had many friends who benefited from his wisdom and support. Keith was a true Scottish gentleman.