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Queens birthday honours Saturday, 12 June, 1999, 02:34 GMT 03:34 UK
The Scots who made the grade
Roy Cameron
A knighthood for Chief Constable Roy Cameron
Leading figures from Scottish civic and political life have been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Queens Birthday Honours
They include Lothian and Borders Chief Constable Roy Cameron and Professor Ian Wilmut, who led the team which created Dolly the sheep, the world's first cloned mammal.

Mr Cameron, who joined the police in 1964 and received a knighthood for services to policing, said: "Obviously I am very proud of this honour.

Ian Wilmut
Prof Wilmut: Services to embryology
"But successful policing is also about teamwork.

"I feel it is also the recognition for the force, the police service and, above all, the efforts of the many individuals I have been privileged to work with over the past 35 years."

Mr Cameron became Scotland's youngest sergeant at the age of 23 and rose to the position of assistant chief constable in the Strathclyde force.

He was appointed chief constable of Dumfries and Galloway in 1994 and took over the role at Lothian and Borders in 1996.

There were also knighthoods for Philip Ledger, Principal of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, for services to music, and Robert Smith, for services to the National Museums of Scotland.

The scientist who created Dolly the cloned sheep was awarded an OBE for services to embryo development.

Canon Kenyon Wright
Canon Kenyon Wright: Political contribution
Professor Ian Wilmut, 54, said: "I am excited, honoured, and flattered by this award.

"It recognises that cloning will make great contributions in medicine, biology, and agriculture."

The professor leads the team at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh which made scientific history in July 1996 with the birth of Dolly, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell.

Canon Kenyon Wright, one of the "founding fathers" of devolution in Scotland, received a CBE.

Canon Wright said the award of a CBE was a recognition of the work of all those involved in the movement for Scottish devolution.

The 66-year-old was a key figure in the cross-party constitutional convention which devised the blueprint for the new Scottish Parliament.

Mixed feelings

"I have mixed feelings about it," he said. "Obviously I am delighted and extremely honoured but I also feel rather humble.

"I think the work done by the convention and the other bodies I helped to lead was done by many people."

Arthur Morris, Chairman of the British Medical Association's Scottish Council, received an OBE in recognition of his contribution to plastic surgery.

A consultant plastic surgeon at Tayside Universities Hospitals Trust, his other commitments include annual visits to Ghana with the charity Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.

There was also an OBE for Alistair Donaldson, General Manager of the Meat and Livestock Commission in Scotland, for services to the meat and livestock industry.

Britain's most decorated lifeboatmen, Coxswain Hewitt Clark, received another award, this time an MBE for services to charity.

Lifeboat institution

He has won a host of medals in his 34-year association with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Mr Clark has taken part in many heroic rescues since he joined Lerwick RNLI in Shetland in 1965, gradually working his way up from reserve mechanic to coxswain.

His most heroic rescue was in November 1997 in appalling seas and gale force winds when the 3,000-tonne cargo vessel Green Lilly got into difficulties with five men on board.

During the dramatic rescue, in which a helicopter winchman died, Mr Clark showed great bravery and skill in manoeuvring the lifeboat alongside the stricken vessel to allow the crew members to be taken off.

Other service personnel honoured include fire officer Forbes Ferguson, MBE, who has spent all of his 36 years in Strathclyde Fire Brigade at Cove Fire Station - a retained station run by part-time staff.


Mr Ferguson was recruited in 1963 and has risen through the ranks to become officer-in-charge.

Tom Blain, awarded an MBE for services to the community, is believed to be Scotland's longest-serving traffic warden.

He has pounded the streets of Dumfries since becoming its first warden in 1967, and is due to retire in 18 months time.

Mr Blain, 63, said: "I am really touched. It's an honour for myself, and for the service."

Other awards include an MBE for Derek Cameron, proprietor of the Dominion Cinema in Edinburgh, for services to the entertainment industry.

And an MBE for school crossing patrolwoman Elizabeth Clark, for services to road safety at Annette Street Primary School, Glasgow.

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