Tributes paid to former local councillor killed in A9 crash

Barbara Vaughan was airlifted to Ninewells Hospital but could not be saved.

Colleagues of veteran councillor Barbara Vaughan have spoken of their shock at her death following a road accident.

Mrs Vaughan, who served on Perth and Kinross and Tayside Regional councils, was critically injured on Friday when the car she was in plunged down an embankment on the A9 between Killiecrankie and Blair Atholl.

The 77-year-old was airlifted to Ninewells following the accident, which involved a lorry and three cars, but she later died.

She had a particular interest in education and served on a number of economic and educational boards, nationally and locally, including the Scottish Exam Board, SCOTVEC and Dundee University Court.

She was also a former director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre and worked tirelessly for her Strathtay council ward.

She lived, latterly, in Caputh, near Dunkeld.

Fellow Conservative, MSP Murdo Fraser, said it was with “great sadness” that he heard of her death.

“Barbara served communities in Tayside over many years in public service, firstly on Tayside Regional Council, where she was an energetic and engaged convener of education, and more recently on Perth and Kinross Council where she represented the Strathtay ward, retiring at the local elections in May,” he said.

“Barbara had a lifelong passion for education, for which she was honoured with an OBE.

“Barbara and her late husband Robin were great supporters of the Conservative Party both in Dundee and in Perthshire.

“Our thoughts are with Barbara’s family at this difficult time.”

Conservative council administration leader Ian Campbell paid tribute saying: “Barbara’s knowledge and enthusiasm for her subject (education) was respected by officers and colleagues as she had the benefit of many years of experience.”

Alexander Stewart, Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, said it was a “privilege” to work as a councillor alongside her.