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Gamekeeper who died in Highland quad biking accident is named


By Gavin Musgrove

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A gamekeeper who died in a quad biking accident has been named locally as David Taylor.

Mr Taylor died after falling from his quad last Tuesday afternoon (August 18) while working near Dulnain Bridge.

The 27 year old was pronounced dead at the scene at Clachbain Farm.

Emergency services received reports of the accident at around 5.50pm.

An air ambulance and trauma team attended as well as police officers, two fire and rescue crews and road ambulance.

Alex Hogg, Chairman of The Scottish Gamekeepers Association, said: "This awful news has shaken the gamekeeping community.

"The whole family is held in such high regard. To lose young lives in this way is just beyond words.

"It is almost impossible to imagine the pain being felt just now by everyone connected to the tragedy and the SGA passes on our deepest and sincere condolences."

It is understood it is the second tragedy to hit the Taylor family in the past decade.

Mr Taylor's 16-year-old sister Sophie was accidentally shot dead by her boyfriend Calum Murray as he cleaned his gun in 2011 at his home near Tomintoul.

The 18-year-old trainee gamekeeper was so distraught that he then turned the gun on himself at the property on Glenavon Estate.

A fatal accident inquiry into the quad biking death will be held in due course.

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