BLAIR Kerr, the manager at Edzell Castle for the past two years, has died very suddenly at the age of 40.
Blair, who succeeded Bill Balfour as manager at the Angus attraction, was also a talented musician.
He was found dead at his home in Monifieth just hours after playing a come-back gig in Dundee.
It is understood that he was due to leave his post at Edzell Castle at the end of the month, to pursue his aspiration of returning to the world of pop.
Mr Balfour said he and his ex-colleagues in Historic Scotland were stunned by the tragic news.
“Blair was a very popular young man with an outgoing personality and I was so pleased when he took over from me as manager at Edzell Castle.
“He was the right man for the job but I knew he hankered for the stage which had been so much part of his youth.
Blair, the grandson of the legendary Dundee United manager and chairman Jerry Kerr, played with the band called Kates’.
The band had reformed for their first gig in a number of years, with Blair playing guitar and singing alongside bassist Grant Dickson, who formerly managed The View.
The band was originally a four-piece called Yellow Car.
Blair and his band-mates moved to LA at the height of their success, but later returned home to Monifieth, where he started a business offering tours of important historical battlegrounds.