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Friends asked to wear tweed at funeral in memory of gamekeeper

Clachbain, where the accident took place.
Clachbain, where the accident took place.

Friends of a gamekeeper who died in an accident on a Highland estate have been asked to wear their traditional tweeds in his memory at his funeral next week.

David Taylor, 27, known as Wee Davie, died when he fell from a quad bike while working at Clachbain Farm, Dulnain Bridge, on August 18.

Mr Taylor, who followed his father and grandfather to become a gamekeeper, was due to be married next year.

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He and his fiancée Christie McInnes have an 11-month-old son, also David.

A private family funeral will be held on Monday and the funeral cortège will travel down the Main Street in Tomintoul towards Tomintoul Cemetery to allow the close-knit community to pay their respects.

An online fund was set up this week in Mr Taylor’s memory and by yesterday had raised £92,515 from a target of £10,000, with 432 people making donations.

The GoFundMe memorial fund was started by Alistair Loder who posted yesterday: “On behalf of Christie, Wee David, Katie and Davie we would just like to thank all of the donors for their incredible generosity.

“Your support at this difficult time means a lot to them.”

Mr Taylor’s death stunned the gamekeeping community, with which he and his family were well known and highly respected.

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association passed on its “deepest condolences”.

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