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Sir John Gilmour by Peter Burgon
Point-to-point followers were saddened to learn of the sudden death, last week, of Sir John Gilmour, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Fife.
Sir John, 68, of Balcormo, near Cupar was the Fife Point-to-Point Secretary from the early 1970s to the present day. He also rode between the flags for more than a decade with his biggest win coming on Falling Leaves in the 1975 Grimthorpe Gold Cup at Whitwell-on-the-Hill. PITCRUIVIE was his last winner in the John Peel Mens Open at Dalston in March 1987.
Sir John ran and controlled the Balcormo Mains Point-to-Point course and had overseen the building of permanent facilities at the track in recent years. A member of the Jockey Club and the Caledonian Hunt Club, he was also a steward at Perth Races.
He was Master of the Fife Foxhounds for 30 years and hunted the pack for 12 of those years. He loved his horses, his family and fast cars, and was regularly seen arriving at a northern meeting in his Porsche.
He is survived by his wife, Valerie and four grown-up children, Nicholas, Patrick, Corinna and Juliet, and eight grandchildren.