LACHLAN MACLEAN died suddenly, on June 27, at Knock Farm, on the Isle of Mull.

Aged just 55, the sudden and tragic loss of Lachlan has shocked many and has devastated his close knit family.

Lachlan was buried on July 13, with the service attended by several hundred from Mull and across Scotland - testament to the highest regard and respect that those who met and knew Lachlan immediately carried for him.

With many years of unwavering commitment to NFU Scotland, Lachlan was a very active Chairman of the Union's Less Favoured Areas committee from 2012 to 2015 and a popular member of the NFUS Board of Directors during those years. Lachlan also served as LFA Vice Chairman for several years, as well as being a pivotal figure within the Mull Branch and Argyll and the Islands Regional Board. Few have served NFU Scotland with such commitment and loyalty.

Yet Lachlan was so much more than one who held office. He was a true champion of hill farming in Scotland, dedicated to making a positive difference, while respecting the challenges and needs of all other sectors. Lachlan always saw the bigger picture, while he also tackled any problem bit by manageable bit.

That pragmatic and patient approach, and his unerring positive outlook, made Lachlan stand apart. Add in his ability to engage with all he met - whether government ministers, the media, fellow farmers or primary school children - then Lachlan simply won everyone over.

A gentleman in every respect with an infectious smile, Lachlan faced anything and everything that farming in the most challenging circumstances could throw at him - and yet he thrived on anecdote and fun.

Lachlan's many qualities simply made him one of the very best. He is desperately missed.