Ian "Trash" MacIntyre was a minor character in Emmerdale Farm for 9 episodes in January and February 1973. Jack Sugden befriended him and let him stay at The Old Mill. Trash was an eccentric tramp and Jack was devastated when Trash threw himself out of a window at the Mill, breaking his neck. Jack paid for his burial in Beckindale churchyard.
His daughter Penny Golighty turned up and it was revealed that Trash had once been a librarian and had gone mad after an accident he had an decided to sleep rough. A policeman found a photo in Trash's belongings which found he had a sister. Trash was played by Leonard Maguire.
Ian MacIntyre was born in about 1924 in Scotland. He moved to Berwick Upon Tweed in Northumberland and became a librarian. He had a daughter out of wedlock by a Mrs Golighty, and they named her Penny. Ian had an accident, suffered a breakdown then absconded for a life sleeping rough. He descended upon Beckindale where the locals knew him as "Trash" due to his dishevelled appearance.
1973EditIn January 1973, Trash watched a local village fete from a field nearby. He then stole some empty beer bottles and quickly absconded. He even ran across Home Farm and was challenged by George Verney. Trash quickly ran off and eventually made his way to the old mill. One night, when Jack Sugden returned from London, he caught Trash sleeping in the downstairs room. Jack let Trash stay at the mill. Trash did errands for Jack in return, including buying alcohol from The Woolpack. Due to wearing smelly clothes and being dishevelled, he was then asked to leave by Amos Brearly as soon as he was served. Gossip soon spread as to where Trash was getting this money from. At the same time, Sharon Crossthwaite had disappeared just after she had drawn some money out of her post office savings. Trash also said he had found Sharon's watch down by the river. Annie Sugden identified the watch when Jack gave it to her.
Trash was a suspect in the disappearance of Sharon and was interrogated by police. Jack explained that the money Trash had was indeed his and he had given him the money to buy beer and groceries. Trash said he found the watch by the river and had given it to Jack. Trash began to panic as he had been locked up previously in an institution and did not want to go back.
One night, he got drunk on Jack's whiskey and passed out. When Jack left to get a doctor and locked him in the Millhouse, Trash panicked and tried to escape through the window and down the drainpipe but he fell to his death, leaving the residents to think he had committed suicide.
Died: 19th February 1973
Full Name: Ian MacIntyre
Siblings 1 sister (first name never revealed)
Children Penny Golighty