Scotland's best-known haggis entrepreneur, John Angus MacSween, has died aged 66.

John recognised the market potential for haggis early on and worked to provide a little taste of Scotland for those who wanted it. From the age of 17 he worked in a family butcher's business in Edinburgh and, by the 1980s, haggis represented such a large part of turnover that the butcher's business was sold.

Following this, the first "purpose-built haggis factory in the world" was opened in Loanhead, near Edinburgh. MacSween understood early on that to survive in a world increasingly dominated by the supermarkets, it was necessary to diversify into value-added products.

In recent years John's son, James, and daughter, Jo, took over the running of the business. He is survived by his wife Kate and their four children.

John Clarke, wholesaler butcher and cattle buyer John Clarke Bush, or 'Jack' of George Bush and Son, in Norfolk, a wholesale butcher and cattle buyer, has died aged 77 following a short illness. The funeral took place in Walcott Church, Norfolk, on 21 August.

Jack was a well known cattle and sheep buyer in East Anglia, the Midlands and Wales, and was a popular figure on the judging circuit having judged cattle at

Alysham, Wickham, Gaerwen Fatstock and Anglesey.

His daughter, Jane Harrold, called him "one of the finest and most respected cattlemen in the country". He leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Joyce, daughters Jane and Sally, and son Peter.

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