SIR Hew Hamilton-Dalrymple, the 10th Baronet of North Berwick, a former Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian and a great supporter of good causes in the county, has died. He was 92.

Born in 1926 and educated at Ampleforth College in Yorkshire, Sir Hew joined the Grenadier Guards aged 18 and retired from the army in 1962 with the rank of Major, before serving as Captain-General of the Royal Company of Archers – the Queen’s ceremonial bodyguard for Scotland.

The son of Sir Hew Clifford Hamilton-Dalrymple of North Berwick, he married Lady Anne-Louise Keppel in 1954 and they had four sons: Hew, Jock, Robert and William.

The couple - who celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in 2014 - were strong supporters of many North Berwick and East Lothian charities and community groups and were well-known and loved throughout the county, with Lady Anne-Louise crowning 50 North Berwick Lifeboat Queens. Sadly, she died in January, 2017, aged 84.

Sir Hew, owner of the Bass Rock and previously vice-chairman of Scottish and Newcastle Breweries, was the Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian - the Queen's representative in the county - from 1987 to 2001.

A much-loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Sir Hew died peacefully at home at Leuchie, near North Berwick, on Boxing Day, surrounded by his family.

A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady, Star of the Sea Church, North Berwick, on Friday, January 4 at 9.45am.

A full obituary will be published in Thursday's East Lothian Courier.