Roderick Urquhart, whose early years were spent living in Stenton in East Lothian, was educated at Loretto School, Musselburgh. He later read Law at University and subsequently joined the family law firm Urquharts in Edinburgh, in 1982. He is the fourth generation of his family to have worked for the firm, which was established in 1876 and was Senior Partner before retiring  from Urquharts in March 2021. In addition to being a solicitor, Mr Urquhart is a Writer to the Signet and a Notary Public. In his professional life, he has sat on various management and executive committees, including the Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet, and the Boards of various private companies and family trusts.

In 1990, Mr Urquhart was appointed Clerk to the Governors of Loretto School, a post he held for 19 years. He worked closely with the Chairman of the Board of Governors, and with the Heads and Bursar, and was responsible for providing administrative support.

In 1997, he was elected as a member of the High Constables and Guard of Honour of Holyroodhouse. His obligations include assisting with Royal visits to the Palace, and with the Lord High Commissioner’s Week. He has been a senior Office Bearer for the past six years, and was previously Captain of the Guard.

Mr Urquhart became a Trustee of the Lamp of Lothian Trust in 2009, and he sat on the Trust for nine years before retirement. The Trust, based in Haddington, East Lothian, is a key provider of an extensive range of buildings available for community use.

In 2016, he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for East Lothian.

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Clerk to the Lieutenancy

The clerk to the lieutenancy is Monica Patterson, Chief Executive, East Lothian Council.

The Lord Lieutenant, Deputy Lord Lieutenants and the Clerk to the Lieutenancy can be contacted through the Lieutenancy Office.

The role of the Lieutenancy

The Lord Lieutenant is appointed by The Queen and acts as Her Majesty’s representative in East Lothian.

The main duties of the Lord Lieutenant include:

  • to uphold the dignity of the Crown
  • arranging visits of members of the royal family and escorting royal visitors
  • presenting medals/awards on behalf of the Queen 
  • presenting congratulatory messages from the Queen to those celebrating their 100th birthday or diamond (60th) wedding anniversary
  • participate in the civic, voluntary and social activity within the Lieutenancy
  • liaise with local cadet forces and youth organisations
  • recommends people for invitation to Her Majesty’s Garden Parties at the Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • to encourage and recognise benevolence and volunteering
  • to recognise achievement and success

Vice Lord-Lieutenant

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant substitutes for the Lord Lieutenant at official engagements and carries out other duties as required. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of East Lothian is Patrick Gammell.

Deputy Lieutenants

Deputy Lieutenants are appointed by the Lord Lieutenant, subject to confirmation by the First Minister that the Queen does not disapprove the appointment. East Lothian’s current Deputy Lieutenants are:

  • Hilary Cochran DL
  • Patrick Gammell Vice LL
  • Pauline Jaffray DL
  • John Kinnaird DL
  • Elizabeth Nicoll DL
  • Iain Clark DL
  • Sir Hew Dalrymple Bt DL
  • Lyn Marshall DL 

Deputy Lieutenants are there to assist the Lord Lieutenant in his public duty and provide him with local knowledge in their own part of the community.