An honorary Doctor of Letters has been awarded to one of Scotland's best-known writers, a regular contributor to the Press and Journal and The Herald newspapers and the Church of Scotland's Life and Work magazine.
Orkney-based freelance journalist, Ron Ferguson, had the honorary degree bestowed upon him by Glasgow Caledonian University at a graduation ceremony yesterday.
Ferguson is a former Church of Scotland minister in Glasgow’s Easterhouse and at St Magnus Cathedral in Orkney. Four years ago, he was named columnist of the year at the Scottish Magazine Awards. He has also won plaudits for his books, including a best-selling biography of George MacLeod, and is a successful playwright.
His one-man play, Every Blessed Thing, toured Kirkwall, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Toronto, New York and Connecticut. He has been a weekly columnist and book reviewer with The Herald for the past 14 years.
The Press and Journal reports today that Professor Pamela Gillies, Glasgow Caledonian University’s principal and vice-chancellor, said Ferguson had been recognised for his “remarkable record of achievement” and inspiring contribution to public life.