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Queen honours star-studded Scots
Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane grew up in Rutherglen
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, Harry Potter star Robbie Coltrane and singer Eddi Reader are among the Scots who have been honoured by the Queen.

Her Majesty's New Year's honours list also includes singer Karen Matheson, actress Una McLean, businessman Bill Gammell and entrepreneur Derek Douglas.

Former footballer Gordon Ramsay, 39, becomes an OBE for services to the hospitality industry.

Coltrane, 55, was given the same honour for services to drama.

Ramsay was initially a professional footballer for Rangers from 1982 to 1985, but moved into cooking after failing to make the grade with the Glasgow club.

As well as being a Michelin star-winning chef, Ramsay has fronted the Hell's Kitchen reality TV show and his own food show called The F-Word.

Village ceilidhs

Coltrane, a doctor's son from Rutherglen, made his stage debut at 12, and went on to become an actor and comedian.

He appeared in two Bond films, but is most acclaimed for his roles in the TV series Cracker and the Harry Potter movies.

Singer Karen Matheson, from Taynuilt, Argyll, described by Sir Sean Connery as having "a throat surely touched by the hand of God", is appointed OBE for services to Scottish music.

Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay's career has taken off since quitting football

Her singing career began when she performed as a child in local village hall ceilidhs on the west coast, and she recorded for Celtic group Capercaillie's first album in 1984 while still at school.

She was one of Capercaillie's founders in Oban, and released her debut solo album The Dreaming Sea in 1996 during a break from touring with the group.

Una McLean, the Strathaven-born actress and comedienne who trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and went on to success in drama and in panto, becomes an MBE.

She was married to fellow Scots actor Russell Hunter, who died in 2003.

Also becoming an MBE is singer Eddi Reader, whose performing career began in the early 1980s when she travelled around Europe with a team of circus and performance artists.

Struck oil

There followed spells as a backing vocalist for a punk band, a backing singer with the Eurythmics and a No 1 hit single, Perfect, with the group Fairground Attraction in 1988.

Among the prominent Scots from the business honoured in the awards was Bill Gammell, who has received a knighthood.

His Cairn Energy oil firm struck black gold in an oilfield it bought from Shell in north west India.

Gammell went to Fettes College in Edinburgh with the young Tony Blair and, as a youngster was a family friend of the young George W Bush.

He is a former Scottish rugby international with five caps to his credit.

Fettes
Gammell went to Fettes College in Edinburgh with Tony Blair

He founded Cairn Energy and became chief executive when it was listed in 1989.

The big time came in 2004 when Cairn struck oil in Rajasthan in a field it had bought from Shell.

Cairn's shares, priced at 1.92 when the firm floated in 1989, are now nudging the 20 mark.

But Gammell has long been wary of complacency.

"One moment you are flavour of the month and the next you are an idiot," he said last year.

Entrepreneur Derek Douglas, who helped set up a network of pioneering cancer care centres, becomes a CBE.

He lost his 37-year-old wife Sandra to cancer in 1995 and afterwards chaired the Maggie's Centre charity.

Dr Douglas spent more than seven years spearheading the Edinburgh-based charity's growth, recruiting high-profile supporters including JK Rowling and Kirsty Wark to help fundraising efforts.

G8 summit

Also honoured were Kim Winser, chief executive of Pringle Scotland, who becomes an OBE; journalist William Chisholm, who becomes an MBE and Wilma Finlay, of the Cream o' Galloway Dairy Company, who also becomes an MBE.

In the world of sport, Olympic administrator Craig Reedie, from Bridge of Weir, has been knighted.

As a member of the International Olympic Committee he was involved in the organisation of the 2004 Athens and the 2008 Beijing games, and played a major role in the successful London bid for the 2012 event.

Also knighted, for services to neurosurgery and victims of head injuries, is Professor Graham Teasdale, a renowned expert on head injuries, and president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Alexander Moffat, head of painting at Glasgow School of Art, becomes an OBE for services to art.

Three senior police officers also feature in the honours list, with each awarded the Queen's Police Medal - Tayside Deputy Chief Constable William Bald, Strathclyde Chief Superintendent James Green, and Tayside Chief Superintendent Brian Powrie.

Both the Tayside officers were heavily involved in policing the G8 summit of world leaders at Gleneagles.


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