London: Beatle legend Paul McCartney has fired a caretaker from his farm estate after twenty years of service.
Jimmy Paterson is said to be shocked at being given three months notice by the musician to vacate the High Park Farm on the Mull of Kintyre, where he is the live-in caretaker, reported Daily Mirror.
It is believed estate manager Bobby Cairns, 52, who lives in nearby Campbeltown, has also been let go after 35 years.
"They are very upset. They have been loyal servants to Paul and did the whole vegetarianism thing with no killing on the farm. They stuck to his principles so it seems quite harsh to dump them now," a source said.
However, a source close to McCartney claims the farm - which spans 600-acres after the singer bought two farms neighbouring the original estate he purchased in 1966 as a place to get away from the spotlight - has fallen into disrepair.
"The land has been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair this last 15 years or so, hence making the change in management.
"They want to bring the land back up to scratch and make it workable again. It`s time for a change. The Forestry Commission will be involved and Paul`s people are taking advice on what to do with the land going forward," it said.
McCartney, who was inspired to write Wings` 1977 hit `Mull of Kintyre` by the property - regularly visited the property with his first wife Linda and their children Heather, Stella, Mary and James, who are all now adults, in the 70s and 80s.