AN AYRSHIRE solicitor has been appointed to help serve Her Majesty The Queen’s representative across the area as clerk after her legal efforts.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran Sheriff Iona McDonald OBE was pleased to announce the appointment of Margo McGill as her new Clerk of Lieutenancy last week.

Margo McGill is a solicitor and is currently head of the Agriculture and Estates team with Lockharts Law LLP in Ayr.

She is Ayrshire’s only lawyer to be accredited as a specialist in Agricultural Law by the Law Society of Scotland.

Coming from a farming background herself, Margo is married to a local farmer, Robbie Scott and they have two sons Rory and Kyle.

She is particularly well known within the farming community and has won awards for her work.

Margo, who grew up in Mossblown, succeeds Nigel Martin who has been the clerk since 1987 and has served under four Lord Lieutenants previously serving under Sir Bryce Knox, Sir Richard Henderson and John Duncan.

Nigel is, of course, also well known locally both as a solicitor and his support of a number of charities in a voluntary capacity.

He was awarded an MBE in 2008 for services to the local community.

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran, Sheriff Iona McDonald OBE said: “I cannot thank Nigel enough for his loyalty, support and dedication to the Lieutenancy.

“His intimate knowledge of royal protocols and procedures will be sadly missed.

“I look forward to working with Margo.”

Margo can be contacted at