Mr Mulqueeney claimed the Sheikh barred him from wearing ear defenders while they were out shooting on his 24,000-acre Perthshire estate.

Mr Mulqueeney said he now felt “embarrassed” when he could not understand what people were saying to him during conversation due to his impaired hearing.

However, Perth Sheriff Court was told that a settlement had been reached between the two parties over the claim for compensation.

Helen Benson of the Gamekeeper Welfare Network commented: “No employee should be in a position where their health is put at risk unnecessarily, though in most circumstances employers act with due consideration and within the law. Gamekeepers are often working in a hazardous environment and it is also their own responsibility to consider their own safety where possible, again with a healthy dose of realism and a sensible approach.”

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