Knighthood and BEM awarded to Moray locals in New Year’s Honours

Two people in Moray have been recognised in the New Years Honours list.

William ‘Bill’ Robertson has been knighted for his services to the construction industry and to charity in Scotland. The executive chairman of the Elgin-based Robertson group was already a CBE and now becomes a Sir. 

Moray MP Douglas Ross says he is “absolutely delighted” that two well-known local figures have been rewarded in the New Year’s Honours List. 

Lucy Lintott, now Lucy Smith, has received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her tireless fundraising work to help fight motor neurone disease. Lucy is thought to be the only person in the world to have given birth to two children after being diagnosed with the disease, which in Lucy’s case happened when she was just 19. 

Moray MP Douglas Ross said both honours are “richly deserved” and will be “warmly welcomed” by people across Moray. 

He added that he looks forward to seeing Bill and Lucy receiving their honours from a member of the Royal Family in the new year. 

“Bill has been part of his family business for decades and overseen a huge expansion of Robertson Construction, to the point where it is a vitally important local and national employer and one that has bases across Scotland and south of the border too,” said Douglas.

“His work ethic is second to none and I know how much he has also done for charity in tandem with his business work and it is fantastic that he will now be Sir William Robertson. 

“I am also extremely pleased that Lucy Lintott will be receiving a British Empire Medal. Her story is utterly remarkable and she continues to tirelessly fundraise to support the fight against motor neurone disease, while battling the disease herself. 

“It is truly extraordinary the lengths she goes to fundraise and highlight MND and I am so pleased that her magnificent efforts have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list.”