Matters Royal in Ayrshire

Nigel Martin gave a talk on ‘Matters Royal in Ayrshire’, with an insight into the workings of the Lieutenancy within Ayrshire, and involvement of Royalty locally at Ayr College.

Nigel was born in Prestwick, brought up in Troon, and educated at Marr College, eventually graduating in Law from Glasgow University. He retired last year after 40 years as a solicitor in Ayr, during which he served as Clerk to 4 Lord Lieutenants over 34 years, and is currently the Deputy Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran. He was awarded an MBE in 2008 for services to the community, received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from our Rotary Club in 2018 and is a recipient of the Law Society of Scotland’s Charity Law Award. Nigel has been a Board member of The Ayrshire Hospice for 20 years, serving as Chairman for 10 years, and is currently Chairman of Whiteleys Retreat. He enjoys golf at Prestwick Golf Club, and following Scotland’s premier Marr Rugby Team.

 Nigel gave a broad perspective of his experience in providing support to the Lord-Lieutenant on ‘Matters Royal in Ayrshire’ providing a clear understanding on the role and procedures surrounding the work and office of our Lord-Lieutenant for Ayrshire and Arran. Using many entertaining anecdotes during recent decades Nigel provided excellent clarification during discussion and answers to the many questions were also very much appreciated.

John Ewing gave a worthy vote of thanks