John’s milestone 100th birthday

John (Jock) Ainslie 100-years old, pictured with ProvostTom Kerr. and  Ben Miller, West Lothian Schools Pipe Band.
John (Jock) Ainslie 100-years old, pictured with ProvostTom Kerr. and Ben Miller, West Lothian Schools Pipe Band.

John Ainslie is a remarkable man - born in 1914, he has seen more than most - and can still enthrall you with the stories surrounding his long life.

John was born on November 17, 1914 at New Well Wynd in Linlithgow a short time after his parents, John and Rachel, had returned from Canada.

Proud of his Black Bitch heritage, John has traced his family back to 1750, and to James Ainslie, a baker from the Burgh.

John married his wife, Mary Scullion from Bo’ness in 1941.

The couple went on to have one child, their son Duncan.

Joining the army in 1942 John served in both the London Scottish and the 2nd and 8th battalions of the Royal Scots, seeing active service in Germany, Palestine and Malta.

John now lives at the Bield complex at the West Port, but can still be found nipping around town on his scooter, enjoying a blether about the old days.

The centenarian puts his longevity down to simply enjoying life.

He said: “There’s nothing much wrong in enjoying a wee bit of what you like, as long as it’s in moderation.

“I try to keep up with my grandchildren and great grandchildren in the technology stakes and I am quite a dab hand at finding my way around my laptop.

“For my birthday I received a lovely new shiny iPad Air, which I’ll certainly put to good use.”