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CBE for Chaplain of the Fleet

Tuesday January 7 2014

The Church of Scotland minister who is the senior chaplain in the Royal Navy has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year Honours List.

The Rev Scott Brown has been in the Navy since 1993, serving on various vessels. He was promoted to Principal Chaplain in 2007 and Chaplain of the Fleet in 2010. He is also an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen.

Mr Brown hails from Bellshill in Lanarkshire, and was educated in Hamilton and at the University of Aberdeen. He was ordained by the Presbytery of Hamilton. He said: “I have been supported through my ministry by my civil partner, Colin Fleming, to whom I am very grateful for his love and support.”

Other Church of Scotland members recognised in the Honours List  include:

  • Agnes Hart, Treasurer of Lairg linked with Rogart Church, who was appointed 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.

  • Tome Tokely, an elder for 45 years, who 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, who was awarded the OBE 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.


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