BASC chief executive John Swift has paid tribute to the organisation?s former president, the 16th Viscount of Arbuthnott, who has died aged 87. John Arbuthnott was president of BASC for 19 years, from 1973 to 1992, having taken on the role following the death of the 7th Earl of Mansfield in 1971.

His love of shooting and many appointments in the rural land management sector, including the senior land agency for the Nature Conservancy Scotland (SNH?s predecessor), chairman of the Red Deer Commission and president of the Scottish Landowners? Federation, made him an ideal appointment for BASC.

John Swift said John Arbuthnott?s many other positions, which ranged from church affairs to banking and offshore oil, were an ?ironic combination? that would not have escaped him.

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