A Balloch JP, footballers, fund-raisers and artists among those in New Year Honours list

Scottish footballers, principals and artists among those named in King’s first New Year Honours list

By Lucy Ashton

A Dumbarton Justice of the Peace, footballers and a comic book artist are amongst those recognised in the King’s first New Year Honours list.

Tom Finnegan, who sits on the bench at the JP Court in Church Street, and lives in Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, receives the OBE for his service there, and in the local community.

Mr Finnegan, pictured left,  is a prominent member of St Kessog’s RC Church in Balloch and does charity work, including raising funds for the Loch Lomondside-based children’s hospice CHAS and Old Kilpatrick School by supporting the tearoom in the court building in Church Street.

Professor Peter Mathieson, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, is knighted for services to higher education, while two other Scots receive knighthoods and two become dames.

The professor said he is “honoured and flattered” to receive the knighthood.

He said: “I do see it as recognition of the standing of the university. I’m privileged to lead one of the world’s great universities and we’ve got a quarter of a million alumni around the world and almost 50,000 students.

“I feel there’s a big community and I think it’s a recognition of the standing of the university in society within the world and I’m very proud of the university, proud to be its principal.”

It comes as the King issued his first New Year’s Honours list following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth in September.

Robertson is recognised for services to association football, charity and young people.

Scotland and Arsenal player Beattie is made an MBE for services to association football and to charity, while Arsenal player Little, Scotland’s vice-captain at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, is honoured for services to association football.

Many people involved in the arts are also honoured in the list, including David Sutherland, illustrator of The Beano, who becomes an OBE for services to illustration.

Anita Frew, the first female chairwoman in Rolls-Royce’s history and one of only 18 women leading boards among Britain’s biggest listed companies, is given a damehood for services to business and the economy.

The businesswoman said: “It is a great privilege to be recognised in this way.

“I’m sure that if anyone had told me, as a young girl growing up in Scotland with a father and a grandfather who worked at Rolls-Royce, that one day not only would I chair that company but would have the honour to be made a dame, I would not have believed it.”

Dr Julie Maxton, executive director of the Royal Society and originally from Edinburgh, receives a damehood for services to science and to the law.

William Robertson, who founded Robertson Group in Elgin, Moray, in 1966 and is executive chairman of the company, is knighted for services to the construction industry and to charity in Scotland, while Norman Keith Skeoch, previously chief executive of Standard Life Aberdeen, receives a knighthood for services to the financial sector.

Andrew Crummy, the artist behind the Great Tapestry of Scotland, has been made an MBE for services to art and cultural heritage.

Mr Crummy has worked on a number of large-scale public projects, including designing a 143-metre (469ft) long tapestry which tells the history of Scotland.

The 63-year-old, of East Lothian, said it was a “honour” to be given the rank and to have worked with people on the various projects he has been involved with.

Two people who helped save one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s historic tea rooms in Glasgow have also been made MBEs.

Celia Sinclair Thornqvist, founder and patron of The Willow Tea Rooms Trust, and Professor Pamela Robertson have both been honoured in recognition of their work helping to restore the Scottish architect’s original Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street.

Others recognised include Professor David Crossman, former chief scientist (health) to the Scottish Government who is made a CBE for services to public health in Scotland, while Stuart Liddell, pipe major of Inveraray and District Pipe Band, is made an MBE for services to piping and music education.

School crossing patrol attendant Joyce Murray, 79, from East Dunbartonshire, receives the British Empire Medal for service to the Boys’ Brigade and to the community in Glasgow.

Scottish secretary Alister Jack, pictured right,  said: “This year’s New Year Honours list underlines the outstanding contributions made by Scots to the life of the nation, from public service, through entertaining us and contributing to our cultural heritage, to assisting in Scotland’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and supporting business growth.

“It’s great to see recognition of our men’s football captain Andy Robertson, not just for his efforts on the pitch but for his work with young people.

“The UK’s Scottish Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Christine Middlemiss has been deservedly honoured for her work on behalf of the veterinary and farming industries, as has Dr Julie Maxton, the first female executive director of the Royal Society in its history of over 350 years.”

Others honoured include James McEwan from Islay, four times master distiller of the year and inductee to the Whisky Hall of Fame, who is made an MBE.

British Empire Medals go to Lucy Lintott, 28, from Moray, who has motor neurone disease and is honoured for her campaigning and fundraising to tackle the condition, and Sinclair Barbour, from Thornhill in Dumfries and Galloway, who for more than four decades has inspired people to participate in and learn the skills of Scottish country dancing.


Tom Finnegan JP, extreme right, with Lord Matthews, Lord Cullen, court officers, volunteers, Georgie Duncan, Phil Fraser  and the mother of the late Eoghan Warner, who raised money for Muscular Dystrophy, CHAS through Beanfeast, a children’s charity based at Dumbarton Sheriff Court, and Old Kilpatrick School.  Picture by Bill Heaney

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