The new Lord Lieutenant of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright has been announced.
Lord Matthew Sinclair has been appointed to the role following the death of Patsy Gilroy in March this year.
Lord Sinclair (below) , aged 52, is married with two children and lives at Knocknalling near Dalry.
He has served as a deputy lieutenant for the past five years.
He said: “It is a huge honour and I’m very conscious that I am following in the footsteps of two previous Lord Lieutenants in Sir Malcolm Ross and Patsy Gilroy, who were exceptional.
“We were all very sad when Patsy passed – it was far too young. She had so much she wanted to do with the lieutenancy. While I need to do what I need to do and what is expected of me, there are things I will pick up and run with that Patsy wanted to see achieved.
“I never expected to be in the position I find myself in although it is clearly a great honour.”
Lord Sinclair was educated at Glenalmond College in Perthshire before graduating from the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester. He then worked with Smiths Gore in Edinburgh and qualified as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1994.
He is the founder and director of Saint Property Limited and owns Knocknalling Farms. He is also governor of Edinburgh’s Cargilfield School and has served as chairman of the south west region of Scottish Land and Estates and also chairman of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust Scottish Auction.
And his diary for his new role is already filling up as he will be attending the ceremony for the 100th anniversary of Dalbeattie War Memorial on September 4 as well as Gatehouse of Fleet YMCA’s 25th birthday celebrations a week later.
Lord Sinclair said: “Coming out of Covid I think it’s really important that the lieutenancy is visible and is there to support and encourage the local community. I’m very keen to be able to support and promote those very important, local things.
“Everyone has had a really tough time and it has been a frustration over the last 18 months that the lieutenancy – not just Patsy but the deputy lieutenants – haven’t been able to go out to attend and support various things as they would normally have done as they haven’t been happening.
“So as they happen, I think it’s really important we’re there, are seen and give our support.”