Jubilee Honours

Knighthoods for Rankin, Walker and Milne

Knighted: Ian Rankin (pic: Terry Murden)

Crime writer Ian Rankin and the Scottish businessmen James Walker and Jimmy Milne are among those receiving knighthoods in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List.

Other business leaders honoured include Marc Crothall of the Scottish Tourism Alliance and David Stewart formerly of Wood Group, who both receive an MBE.

There is further recognition for those who led the battle against Covid-19, while the British Olympic curling team are among the sporting heroes to receive honours.

Mr Rankin, author of the hugely successful Inspector Rebus novels, is knighted for services to literature and charity, while Mr Walker, joint managing director of the Walkers Shortbread company, and Mr Milne, chairman of subsea technology company, the Balmoral Group, are similarly honoured for their contributions to business and charity.

Marc Crothall: MBE for services to tourism (pic: Scottish Tourism Alliance)

Knighthoods are also conferred on Iain Livingstone, chief constable of Police Scotland, and those at the forefront of the Covid pandemic – researcher Professor Aziz Sheikh, of the University of Edinburgh, and AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot.

Illustrator Sir Quentin Blake, best known for his work on Rohald Dahl’s books, and the author Sir Salman Rushdie join the elite Companions of Honour which is limited to 65 individuals.

Arlene Foster and Stella McCartney

Awards for parliamentary and political service are headed by Arlene Foster, the former First Minister of Northern Ireland who becomes a Dame, while from the world of football the former Scotland goalkeeper Alan Rough is made an MBE and ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand receives an OBE. Welsh International Gareth Bale and Liverpool player James Milner become MBEs.

Actor Damian Lewis becomes a CBE for services to drama and charity for initiating the campaign to raise £1 million to provide food for NHS workers throughout Covid-19. Broadcaster Clare Balding and designer Stella McCartney also become CBEs.

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Among others appointed CBEs are: Professor Timothy Ingold of Aberdeen University; Professor Jacqueline Reilly, of Glasgow Caledonian University; Ian and Michael Urquhart, of Gordon and MacPhail Scotch whisky distillers and distributors;


Katrina Bowes, CEO of the Tapestry Partnership in Glasgow; David John Crossan in Dunbartonshire for services to exports and inward investment; Brian Hughes, lately deputy principal, Glasgow Clyde College; Eve Muirhead, skip, British Olympic Curling Team; Annemarie O’Donnell; chief executive, Glasgow City Council and chair of COP26 programme board; Joanne Harris, author; Heidi Thomas, screenwriter and playwrifght who adapted Call the Midwife from the original books.


Marc Crothall, chief executive of the Scottish Tourism Alliance; Lesley Isobel Blair for services to the beauty industry during Covid-19; Gregg Wallace and John Torode, television cookery hosts; Jennifer Dodds, Victoria Wright, Hailey Duff, Mili Smith, members of the British Olympic curling team; David Murdoch, head coach, British curling team; William Duncan, for services to curling; Nicholas Groves-Raines, director of Groves-Raines Architects; Stanley Watt Morrice, for services to food and drink; Alan Rough, for services to football and charity; Mark Selby and Judd Trump, former world snooker champions; Jan Hulme, Glasgow Caledonian University Secretary and Vice-Principal Governance; Douglas Gordon Samuel, lately CEO of Spartans Community Football Academy; David Stewart, former chief operating officer at Wood Group; Helen Worth, Coronation Street actress.

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