On Saturday July 23 Ian Scott of Ardross was elected 57th Grand Prior of England of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Malta at a Chapter of the Grand Priory. The election was held at the church of St Birinus in Dorchester-on-Thames.
The new Grand Prior succeeds Fra’ Fredrik Crichton-Stuart, who died in June this year.
Ian Scott of Ardross is the second Scottish Grand Prior since the Order was established at Clerkenwell in 1101.
The Grand Priory of England was suppressed in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and was only re-established in this country in 1993.
The Order currently has well over 100,000 medical personnel, members and volunteers working to relieve poverty and runs numerous hospitals throughout the world.