The author was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honors for his services to literature and charity.
“It’s amazing to be honored in this way as we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It may not make it any easier to write my next book, but it is gratifying to be recognized both for my detective stories and for the work I do for charity,” said Sir Ian.
“I don’t know what Detective Inspector John Rebus would think about that – he would almost certainly tell me not to get too big headed. I’ll do my best, while pouring a glass of something refreshing.
The University of Edinburgh graduate, 62, is known worldwide for his Rebus-focused crime novels, which are mostly based in and around the Scottish capital.
Knots & Crosses, the first in the series, was published in 1987 and Rebus now features in 26 books. They have been translated into 22 languages and have become bestsellers on several continents.
Sir Ian joined was knighted along with fellow Fifer and Edinburgh resident, Chief Constable Sir Iain Livingston.
Scotland’s top police officer and best-known writer for fictional detective John Rebus have both been knighted.
Chief constable Iain Livingstone and author Ian Rankin are among the Scots who have been recognized in the Queen’s birthday honours.
From the world of sport, Britain’s Olympic gold medal-winning women’s curling team, all from Scotland, were honoured.
Skip Eve Muirhead is named OBE for her services to sport after the team won Britain’s only gold medal at the Beijing Winter Olympics, along with teammates Vicky Wright, Jennifer Dodds, Hailey Duff and alternate Mili Smith all becoming MBEs.
Neil Simpson, 19, from Banchory, Kincardineshire, skied to Paralympic gold in Beijing, winning in the Super G Visual Impaired class with the help of his guide and brother Andrew.
Less than three months after that success, the siblings are celebrating again, having both been made MBEs.
The same honor goes to swimmer Hannah Miley, who has represented both Scotland and the UK in the pool, after a career that has seen her win almost 50 medals since becoming Commonwealth champion in 2010.
Miley, also a former world and European champion who competed at three Olympics, who announced her retirement from competitive swimming in December 2021, said she ‘burst into tears and then kissed my mum’ after learned that she was becoming an MBE.
Elsewhere, Jim Walker, the manager of the family business Walker’s Shortbread, said he was “extremely honoured” to receive the knighthood.
Grandson of original founder Joseph Walker, Sir Jim joined the Speyside business in 1962 when it was still a village bakery, helping it become a household name exporting its shortbread biscuits worldwide and employed over 1,500 people at its peak. times in its six factories, always in the Speyside region.
“It’s a total surprise and it’s very humbling,” he said.
Professor Sally Mapstone DBE FRSE, who is the second consecutive woman to hold the post at the University of St Andrews, has been named a Dame.
Dr Isobel Falconer, a leading historian of mathematics at the university and whose research focuses on the relationship between mathematics and physics in the 19th century, has been appointed MBE.
In Glasgow, City Council chief executive Annemarie O’Donnell is being appointed OBE in recognition of her service to local government, including at the Cop26 climate summit, which the city hosted in November last year.
Nurse Maria Hewitt from Paisley was awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of her work during the pandemic after losing her husband John to the virus in June 2020.
“I felt I had to do something to help,” she said. “I felt that was what my husband wanted me to do.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon congratulated all Scots who have been recognised, saying: “From those who contribute to the creative industries, communities and charities, to those who have excelled in science and medicine, honors recognize their outstanding service to the people of Scotland.
Scottish Secretary Alister Jack also paid tribute, saying: “We were all captivated by the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, as our curlers won gold and we reached the podium in alpine skiing. . Eve Muirhead receives an OBE, while the rest of the team earns MBEs, along with alpine skier Neil Simpson and his brother and guide Andrew.
Famous faces from showbiz, sport and politics have also been recognized with recipients this year meant to reflect the monarch’s “priceless” qualities ahead of her platinum jubilee.
British-Indian author Sir Salman Rushdie and illustrator Sir Quentin Blake have been named Fellows of Honor for their services to literature and illustration.
Homeland actor Damian Lewis, presenter Clare Balding and fashion designer Stella McCartney are appointed CBE while singer Bonnie Tyler becomes MBE.
MBEs are to be served to MasterChef duo John Torode and Gregg Wallace for services to food and charity.
Wallace said: “From a council estate in Peckham to being recognized by the Queen, this to me is something like a fairy tale story. I’m incredibly, incredibly proud.
Nicholas Coleridge, chairman of the V&A Museum and co-chairman of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which will see a 3km carnival procession through central London on Sunday with thousands of people, is also knighted.
A record proportion of Queen’s birthday honors go to women, the percentage this year – 51.5%.
The proportion going to people from ethnic minorities, 13.3%, is down from 15.0% last year, while slightly more goes to people with disabilities.
The percentage of LGBT beneficiaries increased from 5.0% to 4.6%.
Wales international, five-time Champions League winner and former Tottenham winger Gareth Bale and Liverpool player James Milner are appointed MBEs while former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand becomes an OBE. Cricketer Moeen Ali is made an OBE, which he described as an “incredible honour”.
In politics, former Stormont premier and ex-DUP leader Arlene Foster is made a dame and Tory MP and former attorney general Jeremy Wright is knighted, days after calling on the prime minister to quit following from the partygate saga.
Tory MPs Maria Miller, Tracey Crouch and Chris Skidmore were awarded Dame, CBE and OBE respectively, while Labor MP Nia Griffith was also given a Dame and her colleague Stephen Timms was knighted.
Former Prime Minister Sir Tony Blair’s son Euan is appointed MBE for Education Services in his role as founder of Multiverse, which offers learning programmes.
Angela Redgrave, 104, the oldest recipient on the list, and twins Elena and Ruben Evans-Guillen, 11, the youngest, are awarded BEMs, the latter two after raising £50,000 for the NHS during of the last three years.
One of Scotland’s youngest recipients is Chloe Lawson, 20, from Baillieston in Glasgow, who was awarded an MBE for her service to vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the west of Scotland.