Ian Scott of Ardross has been installed as 57th Grand Prior of England of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Malta, in a historic and moving ceremony held at St John’s Church, Clerkenwell, officiated by Mgr Antony Conlon, conventual chaplain ad honorem of the Grand Priory.
Ian Scott is the second Scottish Grand Prior since the order was established at Clerkenwell in 1101.
The new Grand Prior is a well-known former advertising executive and historian with a specialist interest in the convergence of Russian and European architectural and art history. He advises the Order of Malta on the restoration of important properties, such as the church at the historic villa on Rome’s Aventine Hill, the only church designed by Piranesi. He is multilingual.
Ian Scott has had a long-standing interest in the hospitaller works of the Order of Malta and has visited projects in many countries. He is also an authority on the history of the Hospitaller knights and has guided the Grand Master and other senior members of the order on visits to a number of the buildings associated with it, notably the great fortress of Krak des Chevaliers in Syria.