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Raising the Flag for Armed Forces Week

On Monday 24 June Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh raised the flag at the Council Offices in Dingwall to mark the commencement of Armed Forces Week in her area.

The weather was poor but the turnout, considering the weather, was good with a high turnout of Councillors, as the attached photograph shows.

Raising the Flag for Armed Forces Week

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 24/06/2019

Fairburn Tower restoration

On Wednesday 12 June Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, was a guest of The Landmark Trust on the occasion of their public commitment to restore Fairburn Tower.

Listed Category A, Fairburn Tower is a rare and precious survival, built in 1545 for Murdo Mackenzie, a Gentleman of the Bedchamber of King James V. The romance of its history matches that of its setting amid wide and beautiful views of Strathconon.

Historic Environment Scotland considers this to be one of the most significant at-risk tower houses in the country. Its unspoiled setting, unusual height, the completeness of the walls, and available information about its original form, are all exceptional. They have since offered a major grant to support the project, giving Landmark the chance to secure its future.

Work will include 'stitching' of the cracks using stainless steel rods and the restoration of the rich stonework: the interior of the castle is in essence untouched, although, of course, all the floors are long gone; the building has been derelict for over 150 years.

The photograph is courtesy of Roddy Ritchie.

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 18/06/2019

Presentation to Lord-Lieutenant by Ross Company

Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, having declared both of her previous two engagements with the Cadets as the last of her Lieutenancy, accepted an invitation to visit Ross Company at Fort George on the evening of Saturday 8 June where she was presented with a magnificent statue of a stag for her twelve years of support for them.

Mrs Bowen says that this positively is her last cadet engagement!

Presentation to Lord-Lieutenant by Ross Company

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 18/06/2019

Tercentenary of the Battle of Glenshiel

On Saturday 8 June 2019 Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh was in Glenshiel to attend the 300 year Commemoration of the Battle of Glenshiel.

She laid a wreath along with Fiona Hyslop MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism an d External Affairs), Neil Oliver (President of the National Trust for Scotland)and the Chiefs of the Clan Mackenzie, MacGregor, MacDougall, Munro, Donald and Macrae.

The Battle of Glen Shiel took place on 10 June 1719 between a Jacobite army of Highland levies and Spanish marines and a government force of regular troops, plus a Highland Independent Company.

The most significant military action of the 1719 Jacobite Rebellion, it resulted in a government victory that ended the rebellion.

The rising was backed by Spain, then engaged in the 1718 to 1720 War of the Quadruple Alliance with Britain. Intended to support a landing in South-West England, only the Scottish segment took place and the manner of its failure was widely viewed by contemporaries as having damaged the Jacobite cause.

Tercentenary of the Battle of Glenshiel

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 18/06/2019

Appointment on new Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh

Mrs Joanie Whiteford has been appointed Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh with effect the retirement of Mrs Janet Bowen on 12 July 2019.

Mrs Bowen said 'I am truly delighted with Joanie Whiteford's appointment and of course wish her every success as she develops the work of the Lieutenancy in her own way over the coming years'.

Appointment on new Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 18/06/2019

Cadet Awards at Alness

On Thursday 16 May Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty was in attendance at Alness at a Cadet Parade to present Lord-Lieutenant's Certificates of Meritorious Service to Major Macdonald, Lt MacFarquhar, 2Lt Wright and SSI Smyth.

She also awarded Cadet Corporal Tait with a certificate to recognise his appointment as the Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet for the coming year.

Mrs Bowen said: I think that this will be the very last Cadet event that I will attend in that I retire as Lord-Lieutenant in just six weeks time. If so, I cannot think a better way to end some twelve years of association with you than to be here with you this evening making these meritorious service awards.

The last twelve years have been inspirational and life-changing for me in something of the same way that it is, has been or will be for every cadet here.

Twelve years ago I was probably as nervous as some of you here today, and although I have learnt better how to behave on parade I have also learnt to be ready for anything, like the day my hat blew off as I was taking the salute! On that occasion, it was retrieved for me in a smart and soldier-like manner by my Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet, which indirectly allows me to pay tribute to the fourteen Lord-Lieutenant’s cadets that have served me in a variety of ways. All fourteen have been excellent and I look forward to working with the latest in this succession, Corporal Andy Tait, in the buildup to the visit to Gairloch by the Princess Royal.

Now, to this evening: thank you for inviting me to present these very important and special Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards for Meritorious Service. We have embarrassed the recipients sufficiently this evening, but I would just like to add that the Cadet Association would not exist without the selfless dedication of all the leaders from Col. Cassidy and Col. Caddick right through to the newest Junior Leader. They travel many miles between events and they take part in your training whatever the weather simply because they believe in you and giving you the best possible chance to fully use the opportunities the Cadet Association offers.

I have become and will remain a passionate supporter of the cadets quite simply because I have seen lives changed by those who give their time to the Association. We all owe all the adult volunteers a huge debt of thanks, so, if I may, on behalf of all the cadets present, thank you not just from myself but also on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen who I represent.

Cadet Awards at Alness

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 18/06/2019

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