The honours of Edinburgh

Lord Lieutenant Frank Ross congratulates the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

I would like to pass on my congratulations to all those named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list today – but particularly to those from Edinburgh.

Unsurprisingly for a City of Literature and a Capital renowned for its outstanding higher education, the list is dominated by those from the fields of academia. This year, out of 24 honours, eight are to be awarded to professionals in the field of education.

From University professors to early years experts, I am delighted to say one such name on Her Majesty’s list is Mrs Jacqueline Cairnie. A dedicated Council officer for almost 40 years and Unit Manager for the Council’s Greendykes Centre, Mrs Cairnie will receive an MBE for Services to Vulnerable Children and their Families in East Edinburgh.

As our city’s famed author, philanthropist and creator of Harry Potter, I also congratulate J.K Rowling OBE who is invited to join the ‘Order of the Companions of Honour’. Awarded rarely, this recognition of Nationally Important Service will be bestowed on Ms Rowling for Services to Literature and Philanthropy.

This is our chance to celebrate the outstanding dedication shown by people in all walks of life. Some are household names while others are famed only in their communities and industries - but every one of them has made a difference worthy of recognition from Her Majesty the Queen. And, of course, from us. 

The Edinburgh honours are:

Member of the Companion of Honour

Ms Joanne Kathleen Rowling


For services to Literature and Philanthropy

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Dr John Colin Adams

Lately Director of Commercialisation and Director of Informatic Ventures, University of Edinburgh

For services to Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Ms Rose Mary Fitzpatrick, QPM

Deputy Chief Constable, Police Scotland

For Services to Law and Order

Professor John Halstead Hardman Moore, FBC FRSE

Professor of Political Economy, University of Edinburgh and Professor of Economic Theory, London School of Economics

For services to Economics.

Ms Mary Elizabeth Scanlon

Lately Conservative Party politician

For political and public service

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Professor Michael Calvert Appleby

Lately Chief Scientific Adviser, World Animal Protection

For services to Animal Welfare

Professor Polly Louise Arnold

Crum Brown Chair of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

For services to Chemistry and Women in STEM

Professor William Buchanan

Professor of Computing and Director of the Centre for Networking, Security and Distributed Systems, Edinburgh Napier University

For services to Cyber Security

William Alexander Finlayson

Founder, MBM Commercial

For services to Entrepreneurship and Voluntary Service in Scotland

Mrs Linda Gregson

Head, Primary Care Transformation Team, Scottish Government

For services to Education and Social Care

Dr Patricia Denise Jackson

Lately Director, The Yard

For services to Children with Additional Support Needs and Charity

Mrs Polly Susannah Athenais Purvis

Chief Executive, ScotlandIS

For services to the Digital Economy in Scotland

Ms Emily Ramsay

Lately Head of Health and Safety, the Forestry Commission

For services to Improving Health and Safety in the Forestry and Arboriculture Industries

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Miss Samera Jabeen Ashraf


For services to Sport and Diversity

Mrs Jacqueline Cairnie

Unit Manager, Greendykes Early Years Centre

For services to Vulnerable Children and their Families in East Edinburgh

Mrs Margaret Patricia Stuart Henton

Lately Non-Executive Director, Coal Authority

For services to the Environment and Professional Education

Professor Richard Mark Lyon

Consultant in Emergency Medicine, the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

For services to Emergency Healthcare

Mohammad Ajman (Tommy) Miah

Chef and restauranteur

For services to the Hospitality Industry and Charity

Miss Eunice Olumide


For services to Broadcasting, the Arts and Charity

Mrs Catherine Walker

War Poets Collection Curator, Edinburgh Napier University

For services to Education, Heritage, and Public Engagement

John Melville Young

Lately President, Homeless World Cup

For services to Sport and Social Entrepreneurship

Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Ms June McIntosh

Deputy Charge Nurse, Edinburgh Cancer Centre

For services to Young People with Cancer and to Charity in Edinburgh

Mrs Fiona Florence Russell

Shop volunteer, Capability Scotland

For services in Charity in Edinburgh

Alexander Douglas Ruthven

Trustee, Therapet

For Voluntary Service to the Community in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Thank you all. And once again, well done.


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