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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 July, 2005, 11:42 GMT 12:42 UK
'Scotty' beamed back to Scotland
James Doohan
A plaque will be "beamed up" for Scotty in Linlithgow
A Scottish council has revealed plans to erect a plaque in memory of the late Star Trek actor James "Scotty" Doohan.

Scripts of the sci-fi series reveal that his character, Montgomery Scott, was born in Linlithgow in 2222 and that his parents still lived there.

West Lothian Council plans to erect a plaque in the town in memory of the Canada-born actor who died, aged 85.

Councillor Willie Dunn said a local link with Star Trek could help attract more visitors to the area.

Doohan, who played an engineer in the original series, died of pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease at his home in Washington on Wednesday.

The actor became synonymous with the line "Beam me up, Scotty".

I think erecting a plaque is an excellent idea
Willie Dunn
West Lothian Council

Mr Dunn said Star Trek was "a cult classic" and revealed he was one of thousands of fans across the world.

"Scotty was a key character and Star Trek made James Doohan a household name," he added.

"Linlithgow was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and the town attracts thousands of people from all over the world every year.

"A local link with Star Trek could help attract even more visitors to West Lothian in the future. I think erecting a plaque is an excellent idea."

Ashes into space

Doohan's agent said the late actor and his wife Wende had discussed sending his ashes into space, following those of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

The Space Services Inc company said Doohan's ashes could be on a Falcon 1 rocket launching from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, tentatively scheduled for launch in September.

Doohan's Star Trek character Scotty manned the Starship Enterprise with Captain James T Kirk, played by Shatner, and Mr Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy.

The original crew lasted for three series, starting in 1966, before the show was axed, but the team reunited for seven big screen movies.




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