Press release

Lord-Lieutenant for Ayrshire and Arran: 26 October 2017

The Queen has appointed Iona Sara McDonald, MA, LLB, DL, as Lord-Lieutenant for Ayrshire and Arran.


The Queen has been pleased to appoint Iona Sara McDonald , MA, LLB, DL, as Lord-Lieutenant for Ayrshire and Arran to succeed Mr John Duncan, CVO, QPM, who retired on 15 October 2017.


Mrs McDonald was educated at Cumnock Academy and she graduated from Glasgow University with a Master of Arts in 1976 and Law degree in 1978. She subsequently joined the Ayr firm Mathie-Morton, Black and Buchanan and became a partner in 1982. She was appointed as a temporary Sheriff in 1994 and received a full appointment in 2000 to the Sheriffdom of North Strathclyde, sitting in Paisley and Kilmarnock Sheriff courts. Since 2007 she has been Senior Sheriff at Kilmarnock.

During her distinguished career Sheriff McDonald has held a number of other positions. She has acted as a court reporter in family cases and as a safeguarder in children’s hearings. She has been a facilitator for judicial studies training and a mentor to newly appointed Sheriffs. In 2010 she was appointed a member of the Scottish Courts Service Board where she is chair of the Estates Committee. She was also involved in the training of Justices of the Peace and Children’s Panel members. Sheriff Iona McDonald is involved in charity fundraising, in particular for the British Heart Foundation.

Published 26 October 2017