Sixth generation Perthshire farmer Andrew Dron has died suddenly aged 49.
Mr Dron, of Crieffvechter Farm on Highlandman Loan near Crieff, was well-known in local agricultural circles.
He grew up on his family’s farm and at four would help his father drill winter wheat.
A former Morrison’s Academy pupil, he spent his summer holidays as a teenager helping out with the harvest.
Family and friends at his funeral heard that his proudest day was when, aged 17, he drove his father’s new tractor back from Perth show, taking it on a tour of the neighbouring farms before arriving home.
After school he attended Elmwood College, Cupar to study farm management.
He stayed in Cupar after college, taking a job with agricultural contractors Sutherland Watt, followed by spells with grain merchants Kenneth Wilson, Lothian Barley and finally Meade Thom in Perth, where he met his wife Linda.
In 1999, Mr Dron started contract farming at Abercairny and in 2003 he joined friends Alex and Willie Scougall to start up mobile milling business, Earnvalley Bruisers.
Mr Dron was happiest when out working on the land but he was also a keen golfer.
He is survived by Linda and their children, Jenny, Louise, Amanda, William, Alexander and Elizabeth.