Jasmine Macquaker: school pays tribute to ‘wonderful girl’

Jasmine Macquaker. Picture: HEMEDIA
Jasmine Macquaker. Picture: HEMEDIA
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TRIBUTES have been paid to “wonderful” Jasmine Macquaker after the schoolgirl’s death was confirmed by police.

Talented artist, writer and athlete Jasmine, from Stockbridge, was last seen alive at Dalmeny train station at 8.30pm on Sunday after getting off a service from Waverley.

Her body was found on a beach in North Queensferry by a member of the public at around 7am the following morning.

Police said yesterday that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the 14-year-old’s death.

Jasmine was a pupil at Cargilfield School in the Capital before she moved to York in 2014 to take up a coveted place at the exclusive Queen Margaret’s School after she was offered a scholarship in art.

The tragic news has left teachers and pupils at Cargilfield – the oldest independent boarding and day prep school in Scotland – shocked and upset.

A spokeswoman for school said: “All of us at Cargilfield School are deeply saddened by this tragic news and our thoughts are with Jasmine’s family and friends at this very difficult and sad time.

“We remember her as a wonderful girl who will be sadly missed.”

Jasmine was the daughter of Charles Macquaker – a director with investment fund managers Walter Scott & Partners based in Charlotte Square – and his wife Sarah.

She is understood to have had two younger sisters and a younger brother

As well as being a talented artist, Jasmine was also a keen swimmer, and was a member of the Inverleith Swimming Club for three years.

A spokeswoman for the club said: “She was a lovely quiet girl, who worked very hard at training. She had good technique and was a very accomplished swimmer.

“She was with us for about three years but left in September 2014 to go down south to continue her studies.

“We are very sad to hear the news and our thoughts are with her family at this time.”

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Jasmine – winner of the National Schools Handwriting Competition in 2014 – had been home in Edinburgh for the half-term break and had been due to return to Queen Margaret’s boarding school on Sunday night.

After she was reported missing, a full-scale police search was launched in Dalmeny.

A statement released by Police Scotland said: “Mr and Mrs Macquaker have been appraised with all the facts concerning Jasmine’s last hours.

“They are extremely grateful for all the support from the police in this tragic case as well as support from friends.”

Queen Margaret’s School in York declined to comment.

courtney.cameron@edinburghnews.com