Angus was well-known musician and farmer

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WELL-KNOWN Kirriemuir farmer and musician Angus Cruickshanks has passed away at the age of 84.

Mr Cruickshanks farmed at Wester Coul, Lintrathen, by Kirriemuir, from the age of 14 until 1979, taking over the tenancy from his father who had farmed there since 1921.

He was a well-known black-faced tup breeder and very proud of selling the highest priced lamb at the 1960s sale in Perth for the then substantial sum of £350.

Mr Cruickshanks was also a successful cattle breeder but, away from farming, he was known to many as an accomplished accordionist and leader of the Angus Cruickshanks Band, which enjoyed popularity across Tayside for more than three decades.

He played a Hohner Shand Morino button box - which he proudly purchased from Jimmy Shand - and was a regular at Coupar Angus and Forfar Accordion and Fiddle Clubs.

Mr Cruickshanks performed with partner Pauline Monro and Stewart Robertson of Alyth, who passed away last year.

Following his retiral from farming he worked on sporting estates in Angus, mainly Cortachy.

One of the sporting highlights of his life was challenging motor racing legend Jackie Stewart at the clay pigeon shooting stand.

A keen shot and outdoors enthusiast throughout his life, Mr Cruickshanks faced Stewart in the 1960s at Kirknewton Airfield in West Lothian, for a place in the Scottish shooting team - missing out to his famous rival by a single point.

He continued shooting until a few months ago and was a keen member of the Auchterhouse Country Sports Club in the Sidlaws.

He is survived by Pauline and family, including sisters, nieces and nephews.