Looking downstream on the River Cree
Looking upstream on the River Bladnoch
Felling of commercial forestry in Galloway Forest Park
Looking upstream on the River Luce
North American Signal Crayfish
The sandy beach at Loch Grannoch
Belted Galloway Cattle, or 'Belties'
Fly fishing on the River Cree
A small upland burn
The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet
A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn
A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee
GFT are saddened to hear of the passing of The Rt Hon The Lord Vaux of Harrowden, Tony Gilbey. Tony was one of the founding members of the Galloway Fisheries Trust, and remained a trustee and fantastic supporter of our work. All the GFT staff will treasure fond memories of working with Tony on the Water of Fleet; he will be greatly missed.
Below is the official obituary from the Galloway News (22/01/15)
Retired councillor Tony Gilbey died suddenly in Dumfries Infirmary last month, aged 74, following a minor heart attack.
He was buried in the vault of his family chapel at Great Harrowden, in Northamptonshire.
A thanksgiving service will be held on Saturday, February 7, in the Church of the Resurrection, in Gatehouse, at noon.
Tony was born in Surrey in 1940, educated at Ampleforth College and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1963.
His connection with Dumfries and Galloway began in 1968 when he bought Rusko Estate, at Gatehouse. In 1980, the family moved there permanently to run the farm and develop Rusko Activity Holidays.
Tony became deeply involved with the Conservatives in the constituency where he held the post of treasurer for several years. Indeed, he had recently taken up the post again and was treasurer when he died.
Tony was chairman from 1990-1997, winning two elections with Ian Lang MP, who became Secretary of State for Scotland.
He was a regional councillor from 1994 -1995 and then elected Dumfries and Galloway councillor for Stewartry West in 1999. After a successful term, he was re-elected in 2003. He was an active, hard-working and respected councillor, well known for his principles and firmly, but always amusingly expressed, views.
His main interests and expertise were in health, especially the wellbeing of the elderly and in developing services for those with Alzheimers. His father suffered from this for seven years, giving Tony a great understanding of the problems involved.
His other great interests included housing, education and all matters to do with the countryside and conservation.
He became chairman of the Cockle Fisheries Board while a councillor, before retiring from the authority in 2007.
Tony was very much a country man; he was a founder member of the Galloway Fisheries Trust, set up to restore fishing in the area, which had been badly affected by forestry and acid rain.
He was also chairman of the Fleet River Board. He developed a small, family shoot at Rusko and enhanced the fishing on Loch Ornockenoch and the Fleet.
His main winter hobby was picking up with his dog on a friend’s shoot, while fishing was his summer passion.
Tony was deeply interested in environ-mentally-friendly hydro energy and recently replaced the 1930s hydro turbine at Rusko with a modern version and installed a second one further up the valley.
He was very much involved with the community in his capacity as a community councillor, chairman of the Mill on the Fleet visitor centre and a member of the Gatehouse Roman Catholic Church.
Tony inherited the title Baron Vaux of Harrowden from his father in 2002 and was proud of his ancient Catholic recusant family, so important and persecuted during the Reformation, whose faith he held deeply all his life.
Indeed Tony’s uncle, who held the title before his father, was the first Benedictine monk to sit in the House of Lords since the Reformation.
Despite being kept busy with farming, country pursuits and politics, Tony was very much a family man. He married Beverley in 1964 and they had four children and five grandchildren.
Tony and Beverley greatly enjoyed travelling and visited many countries including Australia, Brazil, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Their last trip together was to Italy in January 2014 to celebrate Beverley’s 70th and their golden wedding was celebrated in thesummer.
Beverley said: “Tony’s home and family were the centre of his life and his great wisdom, kindness, love and honesty were the cornerstone of his being.
“He was full of prankish humour, warmth and charm and was loved by his many friends and all who worked with him.”