Ronald Ireland QC, the former Sheriff Principal of Grampian, Highland & Islands, has died at the age of 91, his family has announced.

Ronald David Ireland was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1952. He served as Clerk of Faculty from 1957 to 1958, when he became Professor of Scots Law at the University of Aberdeen, a post he held until 1971. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1964.

He became a sheriff at Edinburgh in 1972, and in 1988 he was appointed Sheriff Principal of Grampian, Highland & Islands. He retired in 1993.

The former sheriff principal died on 30 April and was cremated privately at his own request.