Former Galloway Conservative MSP Alex Fergusson has received a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours after serving the area in the Scottish Parliament for 17 years.
He stood down before the recent May elections after representing the area from 1999 and served as Holyrood’s presiding officer from 2007 to 2011.
Born near Leswalt, Sir Alex attended Eton College before spending two years working in agriculture in New Zealand. After returning he studied agriculture at
the West of Scotland Agricultural College, before rtaking over the running of the family farm in South Ayrshire.
Reacting to the announcement in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list that he was to have the honour of Knight Bachelor conferred upon him, Alex Fergusson said: “I am still a bit stunned and overwhelmed by this incredible honour, but it is an enormous privilege to have been given this title, especially in Her Majesty’s 90th birthday honours list.
“As a former Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, I hope it adds further recognition for Holyrood as an established part of the democratic structure of the UK and, having represented Galloway in the Parliament for 17 years, I hope it also reflects positively on all Gallovidians and the wonderful part of Scotland that we are so fortunate to live in.
“If nothing else, it has certainly given me an ecstatically proud, happy and excited 96 year old mother who will now, I trust, keep me firmly at the top of her Christmas Card list!”
Sir Alex’s successor in the Scottish Parliament, Conservative MSP for Galloway, Finlay Carson added: “I am delighted for Alex. After serving with distinction in the Scottish Parliament for 17 years, four of those as the Presiding Officer, it is truly well deserved. His contribution to public life was immense. He was a real champion for Rural Scotland and always stood up for the interests of the people of Galloway. I wish him and his wife, Merryn, well for the future”.
Jack Hunter and Margaret Jamieson both of Stranraer recieved British Empire Medals.