Obituary: Major General Charles Ramsay, career soldier who embodied the qualities of a leader

Major General Charles Alexander Ramsay, CB, OBE, soldier: Born, 12 October 1936, in North Berwick; died, 31 December 2017, in Berwickshire, aged 81.

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Balmers 1995 Self-portrait on a Frosty Friday is held by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh  � The Artist

Barbara Balmer, Scottish artist

On New Year’s Eve the Artist Barbara Balmer died at the age of 88, her 65th Wedding Anniversary with the artist/designer George Mackie.

Fritz Lustig, secret listener

Obituary: Fritz Lustig, ‘secret listener’ whose covert work helped shorten Second World War

Fritz Lustig, wartime covert listener. Born: 31 March 1919, Berlin, Germany. Died: 18 December 2017, London, aged 98.

Adam Montgomery

Obituary: Adam Montgomery, Provost, councillor and shop steward

Adam Montgomery, Provost, councillor and shop steward. Born: 5 November, 1950 in Irvine, Ayrshire. Died: 10 January, 2018 in Edinburgh, aged 67

Professor Jon Oberlander has died at the age of 55. Picture: Douglas Robertson

Obituary: Jon Reid Oberlander, academic, Professor of Epistemics, co-founder and first director of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance

Professor Jon Reid Oberlander MA, PhD, FBCS, FRSE. Born: 16 June, 1962 in Edinburgh. Died: 19 December, 2017 in Edinburgh, age 55.

Cyrille Regis has died at the age of 59. Picture: PA

Obituary: Cyrille Regis, footballer, England internationalist, coach and agent

Cyrille Regis, footballer. Born: 9 February, 1958 in Maripasoula, French Guiana. Died: 14 January 2018, aged 59.

John Simmons batting for the Berwick

Berwick 2nd XI

Obituary: John Simmons, Johnston Press Finance Manager and accomplished cricketer and rugby player

John Edward Simmons, Finance Manager for Scotland at Johnston Press. Born 28 January, 1963 in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Died 8 January, 2018 at Wansbeck Hospital, Ashington, aged 54.

Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan. Picture: AP Photo

Obituary: Dolores O’Riordan, troubled lead singer for Irish rock band The Cranberries

Dolores O’Riordan, singer. Born: 6 September, 1971 in Ballybricken, Republic of Ireland. Died: 15 January, 2018, in London, aged 46.

Jim Watson

Obituary: Jim Watson, artist who drew unforgettable characters for classic British comics

Jim Watson, artist. Born: Cellardyke, Fife, 21 July, 1932. Died: Cellardyke, 6 December 2017, aged 85.

Tony Calder, right, and  Andrew Loog Oldham in 1965.  (Photo by William H. Alden/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Obituary: Tony Calder, music industry executive and publicist

Tony Calder, music executive and publicist. Born: 27 June 1943, Surbiton, London. Died: 2 January 2018, Chelsea, London, aged 74.

Prof Archie Duncan

Obituary: Prof Archie Duncan, eminent Scottish historian

Professor Archibald Alexander McBeth Duncan. Born 17 October 1926, Pitlochry. Died 20 December, 2018, aged 91.

Russell Leather

Obituary: Russell Leather, electrical engineer and chairman of the Gannochy Trust

Russell Leather, who died peacefully on Christmas Day aged 93, made an exceptional contribution to public life in Scotland. This derived from his extensive work with the Gannochy Trust, of which he was a trustee for 40 years, the last 17 years as chairman until 2008. He also made a major contribution during his career with the electronics company Ferranti.

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence. Picture: Allsport UK /Allsport

Obituary: Tommy Lawrence, goalkeeping stalwart of Bill Shankly’s great Liverpool side

Thomas Johnstone Lawrence, former Scotland international goalkeeper. Born 14 May, 1940, in Dailly, Ayrshire. Died 10 January, 2018, in Warrington, aged 77.

Alex Green

Obituary: Alex Green, man with traditional music at his fingertips

Alex Green, tin whistle player and master of traditional Scottish music. Born: 1 May, 1930, in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire. Died: 22 December, 2017, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, aged 87.

Robert Maxtone Graham

Obituary: Robert Maxtone Graham, entrepreneurial laird’s son who loved a good party

Robert Mungo Maxtone Graham, entrepreneur, genealogist and socialite. Born: 1931 in London. Died: 3 December, 2017, aged 86.

Rev Alan Ross

Obituary: Alan Ross, Church of Scotland minister, accountant

Alan Ross, a retired minister of the Church of Scotland died suddenly on 3 December while on holiday with his wife Kay in Cyprus.

Lady Ross

Obituary: Elma Ross, widow of long-serving Secretary of State for Scotland Willie Ross, Lord Ross of Marnock

Elizabeth Jane Elma Ross, nee Aitkenhead, was born on 6 March, 1923 in Sydney, Australia. The family had emigrated from Girvan but were to return to Ayrshire before too long to assist her father who needed help running a butcher shop during the general strike. They settled in Alloway, eventually owning and running what is now the Brig O Doon hotel.

Jim Baikie, bandleader

Obituary: Jim Baikie, the life and soul of the Edinburgh dance band scene

James Robert Baikie, lecturer, entertainer and bandleader. Born: 30 November 1933 in Ajmer, India. Died: 20 December, 2017, in Edinburgh, aged 84.

Gavin Stamp

Obituary: Professor Gavin Stamp, Private Eye’s Piloti and a tireless campaigner for preserving historic buildings

Professor Gavin Mark Stamp Hon FRIAS Hon FRIBA FSA, architectural historian and critic. Born: 15 March, 1948, in Bromley, London. Died 30 December, 2017, in Camberwell, London, aged 69.

Jim Baikie celebrating a birthday with family members

Obituary: Jim Baikie, Orkney-born artist who conquered world of comics

James George Baikie, artist. Born: Island of Hoy, Orkney, 28 February 1940. Died: Orkney, 29 December 2017, aged 77

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