44-year-old woman dies after party near Stow

Claire Maccabe, who died after falling ill in a hot tub during a party held in Graeme Steel's farmhouse near Stow.
Claire Maccabe, who died after falling ill in a hot tub during a party held in Graeme Steel's farmhouse near Stow.

A woman died in hospital at the weekend after falling ill in a hot tub during the birthday celebrations of Lord David Steel’s son Graeme at his farmhouse home near Stow.

The 44-year-old woman, named in reports as Claire MacCabe, is thought to have one child.

Police have launched a probe into the incident and say they are treating the death as “unexplained, but not suspicious” and are continuing inquiries.

Claire is believed to have fallen ill at the party, which celebrated the host’s 52nd birthday, held during the evening of Saturday, September 1. An ambulance rushed her to the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, where she died later that evening.

A police spokesman said: “We are investigating after a 44-year-old woman took unwell at an address in Stow during the evening of September 1, before passing away at the Royal ­Infirmary later that night.

“The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious and inquiries are continuing.”