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04a. List of the Secretaries of the Order of the Thistle
List of the Secretaries to the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle

Like the Office of King of Arms of the Order, the Office of Secretary of the Order
has been filled since the establishment of the Order of the Thistle in 1687.

Source, Notes & Credits: Internet Wikipedia articles, “Burke’s Peerage” 2003, “Burke’s Landed Gentry, Scotland”, 2001 and a 2019 List of Officers of the Order of the Thistle by the Secretary of the Order, Elizabeth Ann Roads, LVO for which we thank her.

Secretaries of the Order Appointed by the Monarch:

1687 Sir Andrew Forrester

1704 Sir David Nairne

1737 George Drummond of Blair Drummond

1765 Sir Henry Erskine of Alva, Bt.

1765 George Dempster of Dunnichen

1818 William Bertram

1819 Lord Robert Kerr

1843 Sir John Stewart-Richardson of Pitfour, 13th Bt.

1875 Sir James Stewart-Richardson of Pitfour, 14th Bt.

1895 Sir Duncan Alexander Dundas Campbell of Barcaldine, 3rd Bt., CVO

1926 Sir James Balfour Paul, KCVO

1927 Captain George Sitwell Campbell Swinton

1929 Sir Francis James Grant, KCVO

1945 Sir Thomas Innes of Learney, GVCO

1971 Sir James Monteith Grant, KCVO

1981 Sir Malcolm Rognvald Innes of Edingight, KCVO

2001 Robin Orr Blair, CVO

2008 William David Hamilton Sellar, MVO

2014 Elizabeth Ann Roads, LVO

Assistant Secretary of the Order Appointed by HM Queen Elizabeth II:

2008 Elizabeth Ann Roads, LVO

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