Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants

Vice Lord-Lieutenant

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant stands in the place of the Lord-Lieutenant when the Lord-Lieutenant is absent, sick or otherwise unable to act.

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant stands down when a new Lord-Lieutenant is appointed. This allows the Vice Lord-Lieutenant to stand in the Lord-Lieutenant's place in the event of a vacancy in the office. The new Lord-Lieutenant is free to re-appoint the previous Vice Lord-Lieutenant or propose a new Vice Lord-Lieutenant.

The present Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, (incorporating Skye and Lochalsh) is John Mackenzie of Gairloch.

Deputy Lieutenants

Deputy Lieutenants are commissioned by the Lord-Lieutenant, subject to confirmation by the First Minister that the Queen does not disapprove the appointment.

The function of Deputy Lieutenant is to assist in the performance of any public duty performed by the Lord-Lieutenant. Also they provide local knowledge for the Lord-Lieutenant in a part of the community they know well. The normal retirement age for Deputy Lieutenants is 75. When Deputy Lieutenants are asked to stand in for the Lord-Lieutenant, they are representing HM The Queen.

Due to the geographical size of Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, Deputy Lieutenants are appointed to represent a loosely defined area of the Lieutenancy.

In addition to the Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Janet Bowen (1 on the map below) and Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Mr John Mackenzie of Gairloch (2), there are 12 deputies:

Dr Moira McKenna (3)
Mrs Jan Dawson (4)
Mrs Sara Grant (5)
Mr Ramsay MacGhie (6)
Lady Elizabeth Leslie Melville (7)
Mrs Jean Lindsay (8)
Mr David Lockett (9)
The Right Hon Lord MacDonald of MacDonald (10)
Mr John Laing (11)
Mr Ewen Mackinnon (12)
Mr Andrew Matheson (13)
Mrs Annie Stewart (14)

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