The late Graham Leishman Stewart.

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His earliest influence in the craft, at which he was to excel, was his father, William Morrice Stewart, an optical instrument maker who trained as a silversmith in later life.

Graham’s shop (established in 1978) and workshop in Dunblane’s High Street was a place to which lovers of fine quality silver and jewellery from all over the world made their way. Both as a designer and craftsman, he commanded the respect of his peers and the many admirers of his work all over the world.

His sculpture, The Honours of Scotland, sits in the Main Hall of the Scottish Parliament, and he is responsible for the claret jugs which are part of the Millennium Collection for Bute House, the official residence of Scotland’s First Minister.

Yet, for all his undoubted success, and all the well-deserved plaudits, Graham remained a deeply humble and gentle man. Much of his work has been inspired by poetry and Celtic spirituality, with its deep sense of God in the midst of creation. Nature was also a constant source of inspiration to him.

Graham has been a good friend to Dunblane Cathedral, with which he has had a long association.

He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, their children, Thomas and Hannah and their spouses, his grandson Ivor, his mother Betty, (who celebrated her 100th birthday in September), his sister Wilma and his brother Iain.

Colin C Renwick, minister at Dunblane Cathedral