Scotland's oldest man, footballer Sam Latter, dies at 106

SCOTLAND'S oldest man has died, aged 106.

Sam Latter put his long life down to his determination to keep fit but passed away peacefully at his care home on Saturday, just ten months after inheriting the title from 109-year-old Bob Taggart.

Friends and family paid tribute to the former Third Lanark footballer, whose funeral on Tuesday was attended by 100 people. His great-nephew Edward Green said he would miss the "lovely, refined" man.

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He added: "There are mixed feelings. It's a wonderful chance to celebrate a great, gentle man, but of course we are sad he has passed away.

"He was active mentally and physically right until the last few days.

"He was still interested in what was going on around him, like the World Cup."

Although Mr Latter was born in Glasgow he moved through to Edinburgh in 1931 to be with his wife Flora.

The couple lived together in Liberton until Flora died in 1990, but Mr Latter stayed in his own home until 2001 when he moved to Strachan House in the Blackhall area of the city.