Retired sheriff and sheriff principal Brian Lockhart, one of Scotland's longest serving judges until his retirement, has died at the age of 79.

Admitted as a solicitor in 1964, Brian Lockhart was made partner at Robertson Chalmers & Auld in Glasgow in 1967. He was appointed a temporary sheriff in 1977, a floating sheriff of North Strathclyde at Paisley in 1979 and a resident sheriff at Glasgow in 1981.

In 2005 he was appointed Sheriff Principal of South Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway, and 10 nears later was appointed as an appeal sheriff in the Sheriff Appeal Court. He retired in 2017.

In 2008 he became the first solicitor to sit in the High Court of Justiciary on being appointed as a temporary judge.

A noted sportsman in his day, he is survived by his wife Christine and four children.