Jamie Murray Served Up OBE In Birthday Honours

11 June 2016, 12:07

Tennis ace Jamie Murray and veteran rocker Rod Stewart are among those being given awards by the Queen in her annual Birthday Honours List.

Murray, 30, receives an OBE after a year which saw him win the men's doubles title at the Australian Open and also team up with younger brother Andy to help the British tennis team win the Davis Cup for the first time in almost eight decades.

The award brings him level with his brother, who won the same honour in 2013.

Another tennis star being recognised this year is Glasgow-born Leon Smith, captain of the successful Davis Cup team, who also receives an OBE.

Meanwhile, rocker Stewart, famous for songs such as Maggie May and Sailing, becomes Sir Rod thanks to a knighthood.

The 71-year old was born in London, to an English mother and a Scottish father, and is a famous fan of Celtic FC.

Former Labour MP David Hamilton, a miner who spent two months in jail on remand during the strike in the 1980s before being cleared, is also given a knighthood for political and parliamentary service.

Lord Smith of Kelvin, the man tasked by the Prime Minister with chairing the cross-party commission on Scottish devolution in the wake of the 2014 independence referendum, is honoured for his public service and will be made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour, which experts at Debretts say is ``conferred on persons for having done conspicuous national service''.

The Smith Commission produced a package of recommendations which have led to new tax and welfare powers being devolved to Holyrood in the latest Scotland Act.

Lord Smith also had a key role in delivering the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after being appointed chairman of the event's organising committee.

Politics professor Charlie Jeffery, a senior vice principal at Edinburgh University, receives a CBE in the honours list, with the award being made in recognition of his work in social sciences.

As part of his role as director of the Economic and Social Research Council's Future of the UK and Scotland programme, Prof Jeffery is said to have played a leading role in informing the public debate in the run-up to the 2014 independence referendum.

Professor Sue Black, one of the world's leading experts in forensic anthropology, said she is  ''more than a little embarrassed'' to receive a Damehood for her work.

Prof Black, 55, has helped secure convictions in several high-profile criminal cases, including one of Britain's worst paedophiles Richard Huckle, who was given 23 life sentences earlier this week for abusing up to 200 children.

She said she was ''deeply honoured'' by the recognition of her forensic expertise, which also helped convict Scotland's largest paedophile ring in 2009.

The forensics expert, originally from Inverness, was previously awarded an OBE in 2001 for her work in Kosovo where she headed a British forensic team exhuming mass graves, helping families recover the remains of loved ones.

Award-winning composer John McLeod, from Edinburgh, is honoured with a CBE for his services to music.

Born in Aberdeen, he is said to be one of the UK's busiest and most prolific composers, although he initially studied the clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music in London before later changing direction to take up composition.

Dr Brian Lang, who stepped down as chair of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) in 2015, also receives a CBE.

The honour comes after his seven years in the post saw audience figures rise to the highest in a generation.

During his time there, the RSNO moved to a new, purpose-built rehearsal, recording and office space adjacent to the existing Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.