| Lady Mar has sat as a cross-bencher in the House of Lords since 1975. On the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999 she was elected to serve as one of the ninety-two hereditary peers retained in the House.
She has held a number of positions within the House of Lords:
Lady Mar is joint Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Agroecology; Vice Chairman of APPG for ME; Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Food and health Forum.
Azure, a bend between six cross-crosslets fitchée or. Crest — Upon a chapeau gules, furred ermine, two wings each of ten pen feathers, erected and addorsed both emblazoned as the shield. Supporters — Two griffins argent, armed, beaked and winged or. Motto — Pans plus (Think More).
The digital image of Lady Mar’s armorial achievement is taken from the original painting, which she commissioned in autumn 2013. The artist is Mark Dennis, Advocate, Ormond Pursuivant of Arms, who is author and illustrator of the handbook Scottish Heraldry: An Invitation, first published in 1999 by The Heraldry Society of Scotland.
GARIOCH PURSUIVANT OF ARMS
On 7 January 2013 The Countess of Mar, Chief of the Name and Arms of Mar, appointed as her private Pursuivant her brother-in-law Lt-Cmdr Laurence of Mar, MA, ATCL, FSA Scot, FRSA.
In Scotland there are only three other privately appointed Pursuivants of Arms: Slains, Endure, and Finlaggan, who serve respectively The Earl of Erroll (Chief of the Name and Arms of Hay), The Earl of Crawford and Balcarres (Chief of the Name and Arms of Lindsay), and The Lord Macdonald (Chief of the Name and Arms of Macdonald).
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