The Lieutenancy of Dunbartonshire



Rear Admiral Michael Gregory OBE was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire by Her Majesty The Queen in October 2008.   He had had a wide ranging career in the Royal Navy spanning 36 years.   Most of this time was spent in the Submarine Service with three Submarine Commands followed by command of the Frigate HMS Cumberland.   He was awarded the OBE for the longest continuously submerged patrol in Royal Navy history.

He was then Assistant Director Naval Staff Duties in the MOD Whitehall and Naval Defence Attaché (Policy) in Washington DC.  He finished his career as Flag Officer, Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland.  On retirement from the Royal Navy he became CEO of two Industry Support Organisations.  He is also a Brigadier in the Royal Company of Archers; The Queen's Body Guard in Scotland.

Rear Admiral Gregory is widowed and has four children.

HMS Cumberland

HMS Cumberland - Type 22 Frigate 


Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

Flagraising Holocaust Memorial Day 2017


Diamond Wedding Anniversary - Bill & Isobel Snodden with Vice Lord Lieutenant Gill Aitkenhead MBE, Deputy Provost, Cllr. Jean Jones and Cllr. Heather McVey

Bill Isobel Snoddon Resized


Diamond Wedding Anniversary Francis & Nessie Brady with Vice Lord Lieutenant Gill Aitkenhead MBE, Deputy Provost, Cllr. Jean Jones and Cllr. Heather McVey

Diamond Wedding Frank Nessie Brady Kilsyth Resized


Diamond Wedding Anniversary - Professor Alex & Mrs Shelia Gardner with Deputy Lieutenant Lumsden Mathieson - Best Man Jack is on the TV screen

60th Anniversary 11 January 2017


Girlguiding Dunbartonshire Annual Review 2016

County President Morag Hart with Deputy Lieutenant Frank Dunn and Deputy Provost Ann Jarvis

Guide Review 2016


100th Birthday - Mrs Jeannie Houston with Deputy Lieutenant Lumsden Mathieson and Deputy Provost John Miller - 09 November 2016

Mrs Jeannie Houston 100th a


Diamond Wedding - Thomas & Catherine Stewart - Deputy Provost John Miller & Deputy Lieutenant Tom Finnigan - 11 September 2016

Diamond Wedding Tom Finnegan September 2016


Mrs Nan Middleton - British Empire Medal Presentation - 11 October 2016

Nan Middleton BEM Presentation October 2016


Annual Lieutenancy Dinner - Golden Jubilee Hotel, Clydebank. - 07 October 2016

Lieutenancy Dinner October 2016 Website


Citizenship Ceremony - West Dunbartonshire - 22 September 2016

Citizenship Ceremony WDC 22 September 2016 2

Citizenship Ceremony WDC 22 September 2016 1


The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2016 - Presentation Ceremony - 16 September 2016

QAVS 2016 2 copy


QAVS 2016 copy



Red Ensign Flag Raisiing Ceremony - 03 September 2016

Red Ensign Day 2016 1 copy


Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Ceremony - 20 June 2016

Armed Forces Day flag raising 2016 1



Birthday Honours List 2016

6 Awards have been made to residents of Dunbartonshire - 2 Damehoods, 3 MBE's and a BEM.

Full list here


Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2016

 The Vale of Leven Autism & Asperger's Group received the QAVS in the recently released list of Award winners for 2016

Full list here

Nominations for the 2017 Awards must be submitted by midnight on 16th September 2016

Full details here




At a ceremony hosted by West Dunbartonshire Council in Clydebank Town Hall last night Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire, Rear Admiral  Mike Gregory OBE, presented the Vale of Leven Autism & Asperger's Group (VOLAAF) with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2016.   Provost Douglas McAllister praised the members of the Group present for all that they had achieved in the 5 years since it was formed.   The Lord Lieutenant congratulated them on receiving such a prestigious Award which is the equivalent of an MBE.   The Group which is parent/carer led set up its cente in the Vale of Leven 5 years ago.   They had to raise over £40,000 to move into the current premises and earlier this year completed further works on the centre for which they had to raise over £130,000.   The group provides specific support for children and young adults who are on the Autism or Asperger's spectrum.  It also provides support for parents, carers and siblings.   They can be contacted on 01389 750834.

See photos above


Citizenship Ceremony - East Dunbartonshire

At a recent ceremony in Bearsden attended by Deputy Lieutenant Morag Hart MBE and East Dunbartonshire Provost Una Walker 7 local residents were sworn in as British Citizens.   Congratulations are extended to:

Kush Kumar Jain from India

Zeeshan Farooq from Pakistan  Simi Rebeca Sebastian from India Charles Boachie from Ghana Akosua Aboagye from Ghana; and their children -

Christine Akosua Serwaah Boachie

Philip Akwasi Danso Boachie 


     09 September 2016

The Lord Lieutenant is pleased to announce that he has appointed Mrs Joyce Young, Chief Executive of West Dunbartonshire Council, to the Post of Clerk to the Lieutenancy of Dunbartonshire.   She will be assisted by Mrs Stacy Walker, Leadership Support Officer of West Dunbartonshire Council, as the Lieutenancy Officer.   He was also pleased to thank the outgoing Clerk, Mrs. Belinda Ruthven, for her assistance to the Lieutenancy over many years.   Mrs White took up the role on 1st September 2016.



03 September 2016


West Dunbartonshire Council, in common with Local Authorities throughout the United Kingdom, raised the Red Ensign at the Council Offices, Garshake Road, on Saturday 03 September 2016 at 11.00 to mark Merchant Navy Day.   Merchant Navy Day is the United Kingdom's opportunity to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage, and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchany Navy.   Provost Douglas McAllister was joined by Vice Lord Lieutenant Gill Aitkenhead MBE, Deputy Lieutenant Owen Sayers MBE, Lieutenancy Officer Stacy Walker, Deputy Provost John Miller, Jackie Baillie MSP, and Councillors Jim Finn, Jim Brown & Denis Agnew together with Lieutenant Commander George Troup BEM and Officers and Sea Cadets from Clydebank who formed a Guard of Honour.  Provost McAllister welcomed all present and paid tribute to all those past and present who have served in the Merchant Navy.  VLL Gill Aitkenhead read out a message from HRH The Duke of Wessex.   The Ensign was then raised by the Sea Cadets.   Provost McAllister thanked the Sea Cadets and remarked on how smart they looked.

See Photo Above


12 August 2016

Congratualtions to:

Egenia McIntosh

Darwin Thomas;  and

The family of:

Bodwin Kazhika

Collet Cheelo

Mwaaka Kazhikamaila

Shibamba Kazhikamaila

Hachichele Kazhikamaila

who attended  their Citizenship Ceremony in Clydebank Town Hall on 12th August 2016 becoming our newest British citizens.


25th June 2016

Congratulations to Mr John Drain of Clydebank who has celebrated his 100th birthday.  Mr Drain, together with his wife Mae (96), was presented with a congratulatory card from HM The Queen by Deputy Lieutenant Owen Sayers MBE JP.   Provost Douglas MacAllister presented Mr Drain with a bottle of West Dunbartonshire whisky


May 2016

Lord-Lieutenant takes the salute at Battle of Jutland commemoration event in Helensburgh.

More details here

Armed Forces Week 2016

In support of our military community, Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Gill Aitkenhead MBE, together with Provost Douglas MacAllister of West Dunbartonshire Council, Jackie Baillie MSP,      local Councillors, Officers and Reservists,  joined together in a Flag Raising Ceremony  at the Council Headquarters at Garshake Road, Dumbarton, on Monday 20th June 2016

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27th JANUARY 2017



Vice Lord Lieutenant Gill Aitkenhead MBE joined West Dunbartonshire Provost Douglas McAllister, Martin Docherty MP, Jackie Baillie MSP and Councillors Millar, Flynn, Hendrie, Agnew, Casey, Ryall, Mooney and children of St. Peter's Primary and Vale of Leven Academy at the Council Headquarters in Garshake Road, Dumbarton. They all joined in a pledge to remember all those whose life was ended or affected by Holocaust.

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18th JANUARY 2017


At a ceremony today in Bearsden attended by Deputy Lieutenant Morag Hart MBE JP, Deputy Provost Mrs Anne Jarvis  and Assistant Registrar Christine Wilkie, 5 local residents were sworn in as British Citizens.   Congratulations are extended to:

Mr Jie Shen from China

Mr Hefny Mohamed from Egypt

Mrs Thapanee Thomson from Thailand                       

Siriyakorn Duangprawat  from Thailand

Mrs Amara Akhtar from Pakistan.


13th JANUARY 2017

Congratulations are extended to Mr & Mrs Bill  and Isobel  Snodden of Kilsyth  who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 11th January 2017, and to Mr & Mrs Francis and Nessie Brady, also of Kilsyth, who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 29th December 2016.   Vice Lord Lieutenant Gill Aitkenhead MBE presented both couples with a congratulatory card from HM The Queen, and gifts were presented on behalf of North Lanarkshire Council by Deputy Provost, Councillor Jean Jones, and Councillor Heather McVey all of whom are shown in the photos opposite.


11th JANUARY 2017

Congratulations to Professor Alex & Mrs Shelia Gardner who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary today at  Balquhidder Care Home in Alexandria; the couple were married in Cambuslang.   Alex spent some time in the RAF in the 50's and later became a professor of psychology.   Shown in the picture (opposite) on the television screen above the happy couple is their Best Man, Jack, who was able to join the couple via a live feed.  Also shown in the picrure is Deputy Lieutenant Lumsden Mathieson who presented them with a congratulatory card from HM The Queen.



6 Awards have been made to residents of Dunbartonshire - 3 MBE's and 3 BEM's.   Congratulations to:


Mrs Melanie Catherine Andrews - Director and Founder, The Scottish Baking Awards. For services to Baking and to the community in Helensburgh.

Mr Gordon Reid - For services to Wheelchair Tennis.

Ms Katie Archibald - For services to Cycling.


Mr George Paterson Cochrane - Founder, Community Dog Management Centre.  For services to Dog Management in West Dunbartonshire and Scotland.

Miss Christine Margaret Johnston - Captain, Third Kilsyth Boys' Brigade Company.  For services to Young People and the community in Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire.

Mr Alistair Derek Norval - Organist, St Paul's Church, Milngavie. For services to Music in Dunbartonshire.

Congratulations are also extended to Bearsden born Katherine Grainger CBE who becomes a Dame (DBE) for services to sport and charity



Lord Lieutenant Mike Gregory OBE would like to send his best wishes to everyone in Dunbartonshire for an enjoyable and festive Christmas & New Year.


09 DECEMBER 2016

Lord Lieutenant Mike Gregory OBE is pleased to advise that  Mr Ian Dickson BEM LLB, a corporate lawyer and former Chairman of MacRoberts, Solicitors; Co-founder and Director of Friends of the Beatson and of the Beatson Cancer Charity; and, Vice Dean of The Merchants House of Glasgow, has accepted his invitation to become a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Dunbartonshire and The Queen has not disapproved


03 DECEMBER 2016

QAVS Award winners Creative Care  welcomed Mr & Mrs Claus to its annual Victorian Christmas event in Brackenbrae House, Bishopbriggs, on Saturday 03 December 2016.   Deputy Lieutenant Morag Hart MBE JP was invited to attend and the full story with photos is HERE


25 NOVEMBER 2016


The annual presentation of the Caledonian Awards took place on Friday 25 November 2016 in Milngavie Town Hall.   Deputy Lieutenant Mrs Morag Hart MBE JP presented the Junior and Standard Awards to pupils from Campsie View School in Kirkintilloch and pupils from Kelbourne Park School, Linburn Academy, Parkhill Secondary School and St. Oswald's School in Glasgow.

Full story and pictures here


13 NOVEMBER 2016

 Remebrance Image


The Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire, Rear Admiral Mike Gregory OBE and his Deputies attended Services of Remembrance throughout Dunbartonshire today representing Her Majesty The Queen. The Lord Lieutenant said ‘I would like to pay tribute to all those who attended in such inclement weather to remember our service personnel, past and present, who continue to live with the physical and mental scars of conflict, and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.   It is heartening to see the number of persons attending these Services grow year on year.’


09 NOVEMBER 2016


The Annual Review of Girlguiding Dunbartonshire was held in St. Mary's Church, Kirkintilloch, which was filled with families, friends and supporters together with girls from all the sections.   County President Morag Hart MBE JP DL welcomed all present and introduced Ann Jarvis, Deputy Provost, East Dunbartonshire Council, who said that she was delighted to see so many young people present and looked forward to hearing from them during the evening.   Awards were presented by Deputy Lieutenant Professor Frank Dunn CBE MBChB FRCP FACC who also addressed those present and spoke of the important values that Girlguiding teaches young girls and which they can develop in the movement and take forward into adulthood.   Maxine Gow, County Commissioner, presented her annual report during which members of the various sections entertained those present with singing and reports on the activities in which they had taken part during the year.   The evening concluded in the church hall where everyone was able to enjoy home baking with tea and coffee.

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09 NOVEMBER 2016


Congratulations to Mrs Jeannie Houston on her 100th birthday. Mrs Houston lives in the Balquidder Nursing Home in Alexandria.   She was a nurse in the army during World War 2 and her ambition had been to go to the Armistice Parade in London this year, but unfortunately she is not strong enough.   If she is able she may go to the parade in Clydebank.   Deputy Lord Lieutenant Lumsden Mathieson presented Mrs Houston with a congratulatory card from  Her Majesty The Queen and Deputy Provost John Miller presented her with a card and gifts from West Dunbartonshire Council.

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28 OCTOBER 2016


Lord Lieutenant Mike Gregory was the guest of Provost Douglas McAllister at the Junior Section of Clydebank Musical Society's production of West Side Story on Friday evening in the Clydebank Town Hall.   At a reception following the show he commented that he had thoroughly enjoyed the production which he thought was marvellous.   He also said "I applaud West Dunbartonshire Council's support of the Arts and in particular this production of West Side Story by the talented youths of the Junior Section of Clydebank Musical Society and I congratulate everyone involved in the production of such an enjoyable show"


17 OCTOBER 2016


Congratulations to Thomas and Catherine Stewart who recently celebrated their Diamond Wedding with family and friends at the Stables Restaurant where Deputy Lieutenant Tom Finnigan presented them with a congratulatory card from Her Majesty The Queen, and Deputy Provost John Miller  presented gifts on behalf of West Dunbartonshire Council.   The happy couple were married in Riverside Church, Dumbarton, on 11 September 1956.

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11 OCTOBER 2016


At a ceremony hosted by East Dunbartonshire Council in the Southbank Marina Buildings at Kirkintilloch, Lord Lieutenant Mike Gregory OBE presented Mrs Nan Middleton with the British Empire Medal of the Order of the British Empire which was bestowed upon her by Her Majesty The Queen in the Birthday Honours' List 2016.

See photo opposite.

Full story and other photos CLICK HERE


07 OCTOBER 2016


Lord Lieutenant  Mike Gregory OBE, the Vice Lord Lieutenant & Deputy Lieutenants, with partners, met at the Golden Jubilee Hotel, Clydebank, for the annual Lieutenancy Dinner.   Following a most enjoyable meal the Lord Lieutenant welcomed the new Clerk to the Lieutenancy, Mrs Joyce White, Chief Executive of West Dunbartonshire Council, and her husband Drew, and thanked her for the professionalism that she has brought to the role.   He then proposed the Loyal Toast following which a commemorative photo was taken .

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05 OCTOBER 2016


At a ceremony today in Bearsden attended by Deputy Lieutenant Morag Hart and Assistant Registrar Andrea Gourlay 7 local residents were sworn in as British Citizens.   Congratulations are extended to:

Sunder Singh from India

Abishek Rawat from India

Pushpa Rawat from India

Baijian Huang from China

Andriy Zapechelnyuk from Ukraine

Emil Zapechelnyuk from Ukraine

Kayeryna Sydorova from Ukraine

Deepak Sapkota from Nepal




At a ceremony today in Clydebank attended by Deputy Lieutenant Jill Young and Assistant Registrar Linda McGinley 2 local residents were sworn in as British Citizens.   Congratulations are extended to:

Mr Ronald Wayne Topley, born in South Africa.

Corrine Alexandra McCulloch, Born in France.

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Mr Jie Shen                                                               China


Mr Hefny Mohamed Hefny Mohamed                   Egypt


Mrs Thapanee Thomson                            Thailand


Siriyakorn Duangprawat (Male, Minor 13 years)  Thailand


Mrs Amara Akhtar                                                   Pakistan