AN ANCIENT tree was on of the casualties of the storm that swept over Moray on Wednesday.
The storm which saw winds gusting to over 100mph across Scotland and caused coastal flooding at Spey Bay, Garmouth, Kingston and Portknockie, claimed a 270 year old ash tree that stood in the grounds of Gordon Castle in Fochabers.
It is rare for this species to live so long and it was listed by the Forestry Commission as one of the 10 most significant trees in Scotland.
Angus Gordon Lennox said: "It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of this great and ancient tree.
"We have, over the past five years, made several attempts to secure it, but this latest gale proved too much.
"Thankfully we took cuttings of the tree three years ago, one of which is now happily rooted very close to the site of its parent. We only hope they live to as ripe an age as this beauty."
The castle was originally built in the 1470s as the ancestral seat of the House of Gordon.
A spokesman for the Forestry Commission said: "Ash as a species is relatively short-lived, with few trees exceeding 200 years before old age and decay set in."
They added that the Gordon Castle tree was something of an exception because of its "considerable antiquity."