THE 23rd Chief of the Clan Macnab, James Charles Macnab of Macnab, has died in St Andrews aged 86.
His ashes and those of his wife Diana will be buried together on Innis Bhuide the island in the Falls of Dochart in Killin which has been the burial place of the chiefs of Clan Macnab for hundreds of years.
A memorial service will be held in Killin Kirk at 2pm on Friday March 15 prior to the interment.
Born in London, he was educated at Radley College and at Ashbury College, Ottawa, Canada, during evacuation.
From 1944-45 he served in the RAF and the Scots Guards and in 1945 was commissioned into the Seaforth Highlanders and served in India, Java and Singapore.
In 1948 he joined the colonial service and served in the Federation of Malaya Police Force as an assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent.
Involved in gun fights against guerrillas, he attended his last reunion of the Malaya Police Force in London last summer.
Retiring in 1957, he took over the management of Kinnell Estate, Killin, and two years later married the Hon Diana Anstruther-Gray, elder daughter of the late Lord and Lady Kilmany, Cupar.
They had four children, Virginia, Jamie, Geoffrey and Katie.
When his great uncle Archibald died in 1971 he became clan chief, otherwise known as The Macnab, a role he held for 42 years.
The estate was left with a huge death duty liability, however, and Kinnell Estate eventually had to be sold and the family moved back to Finlarig House.
In 1985 they moved to Fife, into the western half of Kilmany House initially and then into Leuchars Castle Farmhouse.
He is survived by his four children and eight grandchildren. His son Jamie now becomes the 24th Chief of Clan Macnab.