Rev Scott Brown recognised in the New Year Honours lists

The Rev Scott Brown, the Chaplain of the Fleet for the Royal Navy, and Church of Scotland members are among those recognised in the New Year Honours lists.

Rev Brown was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). Born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Rev Brown was educated at Hamilton Grammar School, Bell College of Technology and the University of Aberdeen, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1992.

He joined the Royal Navy in 1993 and has served in a variety of sea-going and shore appointments. He was made an Honorary Chaplain to HM the Queen in 2007 and promoted to be the Navy's senior Chaplain, the Chaplain of the Fleet, in November 2010.

Rev Brown said: “I have been supported through my ministry by my civil partner, Mr Colin Fleming, to whom I am very grateful for his love and support.”

Also recognised in the Honours lists was Agnes Hart, Treasurer at Lairg linked with Rogart Church in Sutherland, who was appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Sutherland. Mrs Hart has been secretary of armed forces charity, SSAFA in Sutherland for the last 20 years and has served on various church committees.

Tom Tokely, an elder for 45-years was awarded the British Empire Medal for voluntary services to Yetholm, in the Borders.

Dr Heather Sylvia McHaffie, a Scottish Plants Officer for The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh was awarded the Order of the British Empire for her services to the conservation of plants in Scotland. Dr McHaffie is a leading light in Eco-Congregation Scotland and a member of Wardie Parish Church.