Profile of the Lord-Lieutenant

The Lord-Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty (incorporating Skye and Lochalsh).

HM The Queen appointed Mrs Janet Bowen as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty in April 2007 on the sad occasion of the death Sir Roderick Stirling KCVO, Mrs Bowen’s predecessor.

Her father Captain Alexander Matheson RN was Lord-Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty from 1968 to 1976 and took over the role from Sir John Stirling, Roderick’s father.

Mrs Bowen was born in 1944 and her childhood was spent at Little Scatwell in Strathconon and at Lower Kincraig outside Invergordon, before finally moving to Brahan, near Maryburgh.

In 1972 she married Mr Christopher (Kit) Bowen and moved away before returning to Ross-shire in 1980 with her family. Since then she has been involved in numerous community and charitable projects, specifically twenty years service with the Children’s Panel and a considerably longer association with the Red Cross, who awarded her the Red Cross Badge of Honour in 2003; having been Chairman and President she is presently Patron for Highland and Western Isles.

As Lord-Lieutenant, she is now responsible for arrangements for Royal Visits to the area, and represents Her Majesty when called to do so. She is closely associated with the HRFCA (Highland Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association) and a keen supporter of those working in youth organisations across her area. Mrs Bowen also takes an interest in all aspects of life in her area, including education, commerce, industry, the armed forces and voluntary organisations.

The Lieutenancy comprises a Vice Lord-Lieutenant and twelve Deputy Lieutenants who live in various parts of Ross and Cromarty and Skye and Lochalsh.

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