Queen's Birthday Honours: Historian, festival boss and jam maker recognised

Prof Tom Devine, Kath Mainland and Fraser Docherty Prof Tom Devine, Edinburgh Fringe boss Kath Mainland and entrepreneur Fraser Docherty are receiving honours

A prominent historian, a jam maker and the Edinburgh Fringe boss are among the Scots who have been included in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Prof Tom Devine is one of two men to receive a knighthood. The other is Ewan Brown, chairman of Scottish Financial Enterprise.

Fringe chief Kath Mainland receives a CBE and Fraser Docherty who set up a jam business, aged 14, gets an MBE.

Motor racing star Dario Franchitti also received an MBE.

People from all walks of life have been included in the 2014 list.

Honours have been given in fields such as medicine, academia, the arts, the military and voluntary services.

Prof Devine, who is receiving the knighthood for services to the study of Scottish history, has written dozens of publications and enjoyed an academic career of 49 years.

He will step down from his role as director of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Edinburgh this summer.

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This is great recognition of the importance of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe”

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'Genuinely surprised'

He said: "This recognition wouldn't have been possible without the collective support over the many years of my career of colleagues, students, both graduate and undergraduate, and, above all, of Catherine, our children and grandchildren.

"I thank them all most warmly."

Mr Brown, who is a senior governor at the University of St Andrews, is being knighted for services to business, public life and philanthropy.

Kath Mainland, who became chief executive of the Edinburgh Fringe in 2009, has been honoured with a CBE for her services to culture in Scotland.

Under her leadership, the Fringe has continued to grow in size and, earlier this month, the festival unveiled its biggest-ever programme with more than 3,000 shows.

She said: "I was genuinely surprised when they told me that I was being considered for this. It is not something that I ever expected.

"People who are honoured in this way often talk about how it is an award not just for them but for all their colleagues.

"In my case, that is absolutely true. This is great recognition of the importance of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe."

Dario Franchitti Four times IndyCar champion Franchitti was forced to retire from racing after a serious crash last year

Dario Franchitti, who was born in Bathgate, West Lothian, receives an MBE for services to motor racing.

The 41-year-old won the IndyCar series in the USA four times and was three times champion of the Indianapolis 500 before a serious crash ended his driving career last year.

David Gow, inventor of the revolutionary i-limb bionic hand, has been honoured with a CBE.

Alistair Buchan, chief executive of Orkney Islands Council, and Alistair Dodds, chief executive of Highland Council, receive CBEs for services to local government.

Community services

Dr Francis Dunn, president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and Colonel Robert Jefferies of the Royal Regiment of Scotland are similarly honoured.

A total of 22 people in Scotland have been announced as receiving OBEs.

Among them is Kathleen Donegan, governor-in-charge of Cornton Vale Prison in Stirling, Scotland's main jail for women offenders. Mrs Donegan is recognised for her services to the criminal justice system.

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She told me she's going to get a new dress, so it's a really nice one for her”

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Also receiving an OBE is Trishna Devi Pall Singh, director of Edinburgh's Sikh Sanjog, which operates the popular social enterprise cafe Punjabi Junction. She is honoured for her services to the community.

Edinburgh entrepreneur Fraser Doherty picks up an MBE for his services to the business world.

The 24-year-old hit the headlines a decade ago, when, at the age of 14, he turned a love for his grandmother's jam into a thriving business.

The SuperJam founder developed a method of producing jam 100% from fruit. He now supplies major supermarkets around the world.

He said he planned to take his grandmother, Susan, along with him when he collects his honour.

"She told me she's going to get a new dress, so it's a really nice one for her," added Mr Doherty.

"She still goes into Asda and other retailers and turns the competitor brands the wrong way and straightens up our jars. She's delighted with the whole thing."

Other MBE recipients include Suzann Barr, who is recognised for services to vulnerable children in the Highlands.

Jan Brown and Stephen Bunyan are similarly awarded for their voluntary service in Argyll and East Lothian respectively.

This year's list also honours two senior figures from Police Scotland.

Chief superintendent Andrew Bates and Derek Penman, former assistant chief constable for local policing north, are both recipients of the Queen's Police Medal.

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