THREE new honorary sheriffs were installed at Selkirk Sheriff Court last week – including a former ballet dancer whose husband was robbed of valuable coins, an ex-rugby captain and a kirk treasurer.
Sheriff Principal Edward Bowen welcomed Sandy Bannerman, Alan Lamb and Lady Stewartby to the bench, watched by a number of local dignitaries.
He said honorary sheriffs provided an invaluable service and added: "Appointments within the locality shows that justice is a community matter."
Lady Stewartby is the granddaughter of Scottish writer John Buchan and with her husband has lived in his mother's house at Broughton for 12 years. Currently chairman of the John Buchan Society, she is also on the council of the John Buchan Museum.
Lady Stewartby has been a member of the Children's Panel since 2004 and was a magistrate in inner London for 18 years, latterly as deputy chairman of the bench. Formerly a director, she is now a patron of Scottish Ballet.
She was also part of the so-far successful fight to prevent the Crook Inn at Tweedsmuir being turned into flats.
In June last year Lord and Lady Stewartby's home was raided and her husband's collection ancient coins, valued at more than 500,000, was stolen. Raiders also snatched jewellery.
Sandy Bannerman has practiced law in the Borders since 1960 when he joined his uncle, Charles McCall, at Thomas Purdom and Sons in Hawick.
During that time he has watched the firm expand, opening offices in Galashiels and Kelso, and has been a senior partner for some 27 years. He was appointed a consultant last year when the firm changed its name to Bannerman Burke.
A past president of Hawick Round Table, Mr Bannerman held a similar post with Hawick Rotary Club, where he remains a member. He is also a past captain of Hawick Trades RFC and Minto Golf Club. A keen rugby enthusiast, he is a regular visitor to Mansfield Park as an avid supporter of the Greens.
Alan Lamb qualified in law at Edinburgh and after an apprenticeship in the capital joined Messrs George Gray and Co in Duns in 1968.
He was a partner with A. and P. Deas and Iain Smith and Partners until his retirement as a senior partner last year.
Mr Lamb has been treasurer of Chirnside Parish Church, competitions secretary of Berwick and District Motor Club, president of the Rotary Club of Duns, Dean of the Faculty of Procurators for the county of Berwick, and a clerk to the commissioners of income tax for the division of Berwick.
He has received awards for contributions to community development, motor sport and services to Rotary International.
Honorary sheriffs have the same powers and jurisdiction as a sheriff, although in practice they carry out a very limited range of duties. They can impose custodial sentences, although many honoraries defer sentence until a permanent sheriff can deal with the case.
They can be asked to sign warrants in civil cases and hear applications for interim interdict in urgent cases.