Parade and Service for the Laying Up and Dedication of the New Creich and Kincardine Branch Standard

Following the church service at Creich Church on 25th September,2016, the new Branch Standard of the Creich and Kincardine Royal British Legion Scotland was paraded in Bonar Bridge.

Queen’s Badge Presentation 3rd July 2016.

Samuel Jones from Ardgay was presented with the Queen’s Badge on 3rd July 2016. The Queen’s Badge is the highest honour that can be awarded to a member of the Boy’s Brigade. Looking on are Mr Donald Simmonds, retired B.B. captain of Ardgay / Bonar Bridge Company ,and Samuel’s father Rev Anthony Jones.

Flag Raising Ceremony 2016 at Drummuie , Golspie.

Veterans are on parade with Standards , flanked by cadets.


Bill Main receives the Arctic Star on behalf of his father,Robert Main.


Mr Andrew Mackenzie receives a British Empire Medal in recognition of his services to the community of Dornoch.


Mr Sydney Bright is presented with the South Arabian Clasp.


D L Sheila Stewart from Lairg presents Mr Donald Morrison with his Veteran’s Badge.


Mr Alister Fraser from Trantlebeg,Forsinard receives a Highland Stoneware bowl from Kim Tulloch D L to mark his retirement from the Lieutenancy.


Alyson Mackay from Dornoch receives her Commission as Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for a further year.


Army cadets admire the special cake,  made to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday at the reception following the Flag Raising Ceremony.


Anne Ballance receives an award for bravery.


On 31st January 2015 a devastating fire swept through Invernauld, Rosehall, home of the Gilmour family since 1922.  Despite the valiant effort of her Carer Anne Balance and the fire crews, it was not possible to save either Lady Gilmour or the house.

For her distinguished actions at night, which went above the call of duty, in risking her own life to try and save another, Anne has been awarded a special bravery award from the Society for the Protection of Life from Fire.

Anne is pictured above receiving her award from Dr M Main, Lord Lieutenant.




Mrs Elsie Tait from Golspie celebrates her 100th birthday on 4th December 2015.

David and Ishbel Beaumont celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary

Mr and Mrs David Beaumont celebrated their 60th  Wedding Anniversary with their family in the Brora Golf Club on the 9th September 2015.

Sheila Stewart receives her D.L.Commission and Badge

Following the Flag Raising Ceremony at Drummuie, on 22nd June 2015 , Deputy Lieutenant Sheila Stewart from Lairg, is presented with her Commission and Badge of Office from Dr Monica Main.

Royal Ascot 2015

Mrs Angela Pick is pictured here at Royal Ascot with two of the Queen’s bodyguards.

The gentleman on the left is known as ” Young Eddie” .

The green uniforms are reputed to have been fashioned out of curtains on the orders of Queen Anne.

Alistair J. A. MacIver is presented with an M.B.E.

Mr Alistair MacIver of  Cnocinch, Pitfure , Rogart was presented with an M.B.E. for lifelong services to crofting. He is pictured here receiving his award at the Sutherland Inn Golspie.

Alison MacKay – Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet

Alison MacKay was presented with her Lord- Lieutenant’s certificate by Major General Patrick Marriot.

Patrick’s yomp

To raise money for Friends of Sutherland Veterans, four men walked from the east coast of Sutherland to the west coast.

They are pictured here in Brora, where they were given a send off by local pipers.

George Marriott, Toby  Orrell , Campbell Ross,  Liam Mackay , Patrick Marriott ,  Peter Orrell.

World War 1 Exhibition Brora

On 11/11/2014, an exhibition to mark the centenary of  WW1 was opened in the Cultural Centre in Brora. Research had been done on all the service personnel remembered on the War Memorial, by Morag Sutherland and Ellen Sutherland. The evening was hosted by Nick Lindsay of the Clyne Heritage Society.

Pathway of Crosses in Helmsdale

To mark the centenary of WW1, a line of crosses formed a pathway up to the War Memorial in Helmsdale. Each cross was dedicated to a fallen serviceman, who was named on the war memorial. It was a dramatic backdrop to the service.


Remembrance Sunday in Brora 2014

A large crowd turned out to remember the centenary of World War 1. The service was led by Rev. John Macgregor and we were joined by 3 representatives from H M S Sutherland and 2 from 3 Scots, serving in Fort George.

Joey Ross celebrates her 105th Birthday.

Sutherland Brownies celebrate their Centenary 5/9/2014.

Sutherland Brownies gathered together to celebrate 100 years of the Brownie Movement.. A plaque in the Fountain car park  was unveiled to mark the occasion.

Visit to Lochinver by The Princess Royal 25/07/2014

The Princess Royal visited Highland Stoneware in Lochinver to mark its 40th anniversary. The weather was beautiful, and many locals and visitors turned out to welcome the Royal party.

Queen’s Baton Relay 11/7/2014

The Queen’s Baton relay visited Sutherland on 11th July, calling in at Helmsdale, Brora and Golspie.

Flag Raising Ceremony 23rd June 2014.

Mr Willie Elliot raised the flag at this year’s ceremony at Drummuie. As well as veterans on parade with army cadets, there was music from the Sutherland Schools Pipe Band, and a cannon shot to start proceedings.

Mr Elliot is also pictured cutting a celebratory cake donated by Mr and Mrs John Melville, with assistance from Mrs Tait.

Nancy Hart awarded MBE

Nancy Hart from Gilmourhill House, Lairg was awarded an MBE for voluntary services to Sutherland. Nancy is pictured here after receiving her award from Prince William at Buckingham Palace on 18th of March 2014.

60th Wedding Anniversary of Mr and Mrs Mackay, Mountain View, Golspie 4/12/13

War Memorial, Brora 2013

A large crowd gathered at the War Memorial to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in conflict.

Primary school children lay a wreath at the War Memorial in Brora 2013

Remembrance Day 2013

Remembrance Day was marked in Bettyhill at the War Memorial. Present were Cadets from the newly formed detachment, based at Farr School.

Dr Main was present at the opening of the Farr Detachment at Farr School on 16/11/13.

100th birthday

Mrs Gwen Lumsden of Oversteps celebrated her 100th birthday on 2nd of November,at Oversteps, with an afternoon tea and music supplied by Skibo Castle. The date of her birthday was the 3rd of November, and was celebrated at a family party.

Commemorative Ceremony at Kylesku 22nd September 2013.

On a stormy day in September, there was a gathering at Kylesku to commemorate a daring raid on the German battleship Tirpitz. 6 midget submarines left the west coast of Sutherland to the fjords of Norway to disable the battleship. There were heavy casualties-39 of the midget submarine crews did not return, but the Tirpitz was out of action for the rest of the war.

One of the survivors, John Lorimer, aged 91 yrs was present at the service.

Addressing the company is Major General Patrick Marriott CB CBE DL.

Centenary of Dornoch Academy.

The centenary of Dornoch  Academy was celebrated on the 27th September 2013.

As part of the celebrations,there was a re-enactment of the visit paid to the Academy by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother 50 years previously, when she opened the new extension of the secondary school.

There was an ecumenical service in the assembly hall, followed by speeches by the Provost of Dornoch and the Rector of the Academy. Dr Monica Main read the original address given by the Queen Mother.

Following the ceremony, there was a reception in the school canteen.

Diamond Wedding Anniversary.

Alex and Margaret Mackay of Dornoch are presented by Kim Tulloch , Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland, with a card from Her Majesty The Queen to mark their 60th wedding anniversary , which they celebrated in the One Up.

Flower Thomson’s Retirement.


Flower Thomson’s retirement after 14 years as a Deputy Lieutenant, was marked by her friends and colleagues at a special lunch at The Royal Marine Hotel, Brora on the 28th September.

Flower was born in Rosehall, attended Dornoch Academy, and other than leaving to do her nursing and social work training, has spent most of her life in Sutherland, latterly as Resources Manager, East Sutherland Social Services, Seaforth House, Golspie.

Flower was instrumental in organising the Flag Raising Ceremony at Drummuie, Golspie, which marks the start of Armed Forces Week. With her local knowledge, she found  many  veterans and presented all the veterans’ badges. Those who were not able to attend  Drummuie were presented with their badges at home – quite an undertaking. This year, Flower had the pleasure of presenting a veteran’s badge to her husband, George, who has always been very supportive.

It was Flower’s idea to provide a lunch for all the  veterans and their guests after the ceremony, and she was very active in fundraising for the event. Flower has formed a small fundraising group -”Friends of The Veterans ” to continue her involvement with the veterans.

Flower was presented with a Tain silver brooch by Dr Monica Main LL  and a bouquet of flowers by Mrs Kim Tulloch DL.

Everyone wished Flower a very happy retirement.



500 year commemoration of the Battle of Flodden and the Scottish Soldier.

The Clan Chiefs and heads of Scottish families are pictured here, following a service at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh on the 9th September 2013. The service commemorated 500 years of the Scottish Soldier and was 500 years to the day after the Battle of Flodden.

Centenary of St Finnbarr’s Church, Dornoch ,1913 – 2013

Dr Main LL  and Mrs Kim Tulloch DL  attended the service to commemorate the Centenary of St Finnbarr’s Church,  in Dornoch. The service was conducted by The Right Reverend Mark Strange,  Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness, assisted by Fr. Chris Mayo.  After the service, a buffet lunch was provided in the Social Club and enjoyed by all those present.

Mary Carson celebrates her 100th birthday.

Mrs Mary Carson celebrates her 100th birthday with her family at Oversteps Eventide Home on 3rd August 2013.

Flag Raising Ceremony 24th June 2013

This year’s ceremony at Drummuie  was well attended by veterans , army cadets and the Sutherland Schools Pipe Band, along with members of the public.

The Sutherland Schools Pipe band arriving to take part in the ceremony.


The veterans are gathered together, with Mr Reay Clarke standing on the left of the flagpole.


Army cadets awaiting the start of the ceremony.


The flag was raised this year by Mr Henry Cooper RNA , assisted by James Allan, Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet.


Mr Reay Clarke was presented with the Arctic Star Medal to commemorate his service on the Arctic Convoys.


The veterans were presented with their medals by Mrs Flower Thomson,DL.


A very special presentation – to her husband, George !


As this was her last year as DL, Flower is presented with a bouquet of flowers,  to thank her for all her hard work in the Lieutenancy, particularly organising the Flag Raising ceremonies.


Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet , James Allan receives a quaich to thank him for performing  his duties to such a high standard.


The veterans had a surprise for Flower; Mrs Henry Cooper hands over an engraved glass bowl as thanks.


Mr and Mrs John Melville cut the cake ,which they kindly donated to go with the coffee after lunch. A very good time was had by all!






Memorial Service for Lord-Lieutenant of Orkney

Dr Main attended a very moving service of remembrance for the life of Dr Tony Trickett, held in St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall on 11th June 2013.

Dr Trickett was in post as Lord-Lieutenant of Orkney from 2007 until 2013.

Scout and Girl Guide Awards, Dornoch Cathedral, 2nd June 2013

Awards were presented to scouts and guides in Dornoch Cathedral .



AGM of Association of Lord-Lieutenants at St James’ Palace, London

On 6th June Lord Lieutenants from all over the country came together for the AGM of the Association in London.                                                       This was held in St James’ Palace.


Parade at Royal Hospital, Chelsea

The Governor’s Review is the final rehearsal for Founder’s Day, which is an annual event held by The Royal Hospital, Chelsea                                   to commemorate its founding by King Charles II.

Westminster Abbey – Diamond Jubilee Coronation Service

Westminster Abbey was the stunning setting for the celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Coronation Service.                                                 Six guests were invited to represent Sutherland. They very much appreciated the service, particularly the music.

Reception at Dunrobin Castle for HMS Sutherland

HMS Sutherland visits Dunrobin Castle 27/4/13

Betty Grant, Oversteps, Dornoch 100th Birthday

Wreath Laying at Clyne War Memorial 1st January 2013

As the chimes of the Clyne War Memorial rang out at 4 pm on the first day of 2013 piper Colin Simpson played an air – a call for the assembled company to remember those who had fallen in the wars but more particularly on this occasion, for people of Brora village and parish to reflect on the ceremony of Christmas Day 1922 when the handsome baronial tower, a memorial to the Fallen of the Great War was unveiled by Mrs Matheson from Dalchalm.

 Dr Rod Houston, representing ‘The Friends of the Clyne War Memorial’ invited the crowd of some 120 to move forward as he gave a brief history of the memorial and its clock.  He then called on The Lord Lieutenant, Dr Monica Main, to address those present. She recalled the 11th November Service held each Armistice Sunday when the community remembers the fallen of all conflicts. It was appropriate that she made mention of the impact the loss of young men’s lives had had, not only on the community in general but on the families left behind in particular.

 On the afternoon of New Year’s Day those gathered together paid silent tribute, remembering former generations. None of us should forget the human aspect of war.

Standing beside the Lord Lieutenant was Cadet  James Allan who handed the wreath of white roses and blue thistles to a man who had lost 3 uncles and an aunt in the  Great War of 1914-1918 –“ the war to end wars” as it was referred to at the time.

And it was only correct that Thomas Matheson should lay this wreath on behalf of the people of Clyne. ‘To have stood on the very spot his Grandmother had stood on 90 years earlier was a very emotional experience” for him; as indeed it was for all gathered.


To bring the proceedings to a close, Colin played the lament “The Flowers of the Forest” its haunting tones reverberating through the crisp late afternoon air as he walked away from the memorial. For a short time we had all paused, not only to reflect on the past losses but also to look forward, as a community to the year ahead.


Veteran Badge – Mary Bannerman

Received her veterans badge and bouquet of flowers from Sutherland Deputy lieutenant Flower Thomson. Mrs Bannerman Lady’s Loch served as a Wren in World War II and is understood to be the first Wren in Sutherland to receive the award.

Derek Innes receives commission as a Deputy Lieutenant

Derek Innes of Hill Cottage, Lairg Muir, Lairg was presented with his commission as a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Sutherland on the 14th of December 2012.

Mr Innes was born and educated in Inverness; on leaving school he worked in administrative posts for the Highland Health Board, Inverness Town Council, Highland and Islands Fire Brigade and Inverness Harbour Trust.

In March 1999 he moved north to Lairg where he was the post master until July 2011.

He has been an elder for many years and successfully completed his training as a Reader for the Church of Scotland in 2006.

Pictured here receiving his commission. From left to right: Anne Macrae Clerk To The Lieutenancy, Lord Strathnaver Vice Lord Lieutenant, Flower Thomson Deputy Lieutenant, Derek Innes Deputy Lieutenant and Dr Monica Main Lord Lieutenant.

65th wedding anniversary

Mr and Mrs Armstrong of 2 Church Street Dornoch recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Pictured here receiving their congratulatory card  from the Queen presented by Dr Main (LL) and a bouquet of flowers by Mrs Norman Tulloch (DL).

Remembrance Day 2012

On November 11th 2012 a large crowd gathered at the War Memorial in Brora to attend the ecumenical service of Remembrance.

The parade included members of The Sutherland School Pipe Band, Army cadets and members of the Scouting Movement, along with the wreath laying party.
Wreaths were laid by The Lord Lieutenant; The Royal British Legion; The Army Pay Corps; The Community Council; The Police Force and some personal tributes.



Retirement of Jonathan Brett Young D. L.

To mark the retirement of Jonathan Brett Young, there was a lunch party at Ballamhor, Brora on 20th October 2012. Jonathan was presented with a beautifully decorated hand painted bowl by Flower Thomson D.L. The bowl had beeen made & decorated by David Grant D.L. of Highland Stoneware, Lochinver.

Flag Raising Ceremony

25th June 2012

Flag raising ceremony at start of armed forces week at council buildings, Drummuie Golspie. Reception after ceremony at Stags Head Hotel to allow the veterans time to get together and reminisce.

Voluntary Awards Golspie

7th June 2012

Attended the presentation of voluntary awards at Golspie High School. Very impressive members of hitherto “un-sung heroes” in the community of all ages and skills.

St Pauls Jubilee Service

5th June 2012  -  Attended service at St Pauls to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.

Jubilee Fete In Brora

Opening of Jubilee Fete in Brora.  Very enjoyable occasion with local singers, musicians and dancers. Thankfully it also stayed dry!

Lord Lieutenants Cadet

30th May 2012

Presentation of Lord Lieutenant certificate to Cadet Sergeant James Allan.

Red Cross Golspie Opening

8th May 2012                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Opening of Red Cross facility in  Golspie to highlight their new home care plans.

Beating of Retreat

5th May 2012

Attended Beating of the Retreat at Redford Cavalry Barracks, Edinburgh. Massed pipes and drums of the Army Cadet Force gave an excellent performance.


24th of April 2012

Attended AGM of SAFFA with presentation of 20 year service certificate to Jonathan Bret Young.

10 years service certificate to Carol Gilmor.

Kyle Of Sutherland Art Show

5th of April 2012

Kyle of Sutherland Heritage Society art show opening. There were many excellent artworks and crafts to view. Top exhibit judged to be John Luckie “Three Blind Mice”.

HMS Sutherland Lunch

4th April 2012

Lunch at Dunrobin castle to meet  the new HMS Sutherland Commander Al Wilson and his wife Lucy.

Lord Lieutenant Consultation

16th – 18th of March 2012

Weekend Consultation of the Lord Lieutenants at Windsor Castle. Presentations by members of the Royal household and Information about the very busy Jubilee year.

New website up and running

Welcome to the Lord Lieutenant of Sutherlands’ new web page. Here you can find news on up-coming events, find out what the Lord Lieutenant has been attending and learn about the role and it’s history