Veteran Scottish singer Sheila Stewart has died.

The folk star passed away on 9 December (14) and was believed to have been 79 years old. No more details were available as Wenn went to press.

She was born to a family of Scottish travellers, including her singer mother Belle, and began her career by singing folk songs with them as the Stewarts of Blair. They made numerous recordings and performed at festivals and concerts all over the world.

Stewart was chosen to sing at the American Bicentennial celebrations in Washington, D.C. in 1976, giving a private performance for U.S. President Gerald Ford and Britain's Queen Elizabeth Ii. She also sang for Pope John Paul Ii at a huge concert in Glasgow, Scotland in 1982.

She wrote a 2006 biography of her mother after Belle's death and was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Mbe) in 2006.