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Alistaire Fergus Douglas Firth (born 14 April 2042) served as the Groundskeeper at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 2079-81. 

BASICS
Nickname: goes by Alistaire or Ali, but not Al
POB: outside of Edinburgh, Scotland
Current residence: Inverness, Scotland
Attended Hogwarts: 2053-2060
Former House: Gryffindor
Blood status: Halfblood
Relationship status: single
Wand: English oak, unicorn hair, 13 ¼” long, reasonably pliable
Patronus: stag

APPEARANCE
Hair: dark brown
Eyes: blue-green
Height: 6' 1"

FAMILY BACKGROUND
Father: Lorne Firth, 71
Mother: Ava Firth (neé Douglas), 68
Brothers: Iain Firth, 44 and Ciaran Firth, 41 (estranged)

PETS
Alistaire brings with him two pets that he adores, one male and one female, both highland cows. Their names are Broc and Bonny.

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS

Besides Broc and Bonny, Alistaire loves all things to do with nature. His idea of a great day would be waking up early, hiking through the Highlands, then spending the afternoon skipping rocks into a loch. He can often be found sitting outside his hut, dressed in full Douglas clan tartan, playing a tune on his bagpipes. Other interests include anything that involves working with your hands, such as whittling or bow hunting.


PERSONALITY


Alistaire Fergus (AL-i-stayr FAYR-gus) Douglas Firth is an atypical youngest child. The Sorting Hat spent a grand total of six minutes and fourty-two seconds on Alistaire, making him a clear Hatstall. In the end the Hat chose Gryffindor for Alistaire’s penchant towards chivalry, but Hufflepuff was a close second for his laid-back demeanor. His gentlemanly tendencies, along with rugged good looks, have gained him many female admirers over the years, but he has yet to find the right one. If you visit his hut, you will find him more than willing to let you help him with his latest project, whether it’s binding a bowtruckle leg or grooming the Quiddich Pitch. But be careful not to get on his bad side — he has a full-blooded Scottish temper!


BACKGROUND


The youngest of three boys, Alistaire was born just outside of Edinburgh, Scotland. His mother and father were both Muggleborns, so he attended a Muggle primary school on the Royal Mile for several years before starting at Hogwarts. Shortly before his first year there, Lorne and Ava moved the family residence to a small village deep in the Scottish Highlands. It was in this quaint home that Alistaire’s deep sense of Scottish national pride and thick accent were fostered.

Alistaire started at Hogwarts in 2053. While there, he excelled in Care of Magical Creatures, Herbology, and Charms. He was a member of the Charms and Gobstones Clubs during his tenure, but spent as much of his spare time out on the Grounds as possible, preferring the fresh air to the stuffiness of the castle.

After graduation, Alistaire moved to the northern English city of Berwick-upon-Tweed, where he worked in the Muggle world studying modifications to the canola plant crop. Though the scenery was beautiful, he quickly lost interest in this and relocated far north to Inverness within a few years. Alistaire’s wealthy grandfather died a month later, leaving the young wizard with a considerable amount of Muggle money.

Newly rich, Alistaire used the money to buy a substantial plot of land outside of the city. Along with his older brother Ciaran, he tended the land and built a house. Alistaire was hired by the Muggle government to work in the Borders region of Scotland as part of their project to re-forest the area after devastating forest fires. As befitting for a wizard in a Muggle profession, his superiors were amazed with Alistaire’s remarkable ‘green thumb,’ for every tree he planted seemed to grow twice as fast as any other.

It was through this job that he met Ruby. The young people fell desperately in love. Alistaire looked forward to weekends when he was back home and could have her round for dinner. Ten months later, after a romantic hike and a stargazing session, Alistaire asked Ruby to marry him. Unfortunately, his brother, Ciaran, found Ruby appealing as well. Only a month into the engagement, Alistaire returned home for the weekend to find a note from Ciaran explaining that he and Ruby has eloped.

Grief-ridden and desiring to get away, Alistaire quit his job and left for a lengthy trip abroad. Using his grandfather’s inheritance money, he spent a year travelling, visiting places such as Iceland, Russia, Romania, and Ireland. It was in this time of travel and distress that Alistaire heard of the opening for Hogwarts Groundskeeper. Eager for a change of venue and a fresh start, he submitted his name and gladly accepted the invitation.

OOC:

Alistair Firth was a character played by hpluvr037 .

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