Lawson Rennie KStJ steps down as one of two Assistant Directors of Ceremonies after a decade of distinguished service as a leading member of the Priory ceremonial team.
Admitted as Serving Brother (now Member) in 1977, Lawson’s active involvement in St John Scotland dates back more than 40 years. Chairman of Fife Area for seven years from 2008, he remains a key player in Fife's Patient Transport scheme.
Promoted to Knight of Justice in 2013, Lawson played roles in the installation ceremonies of two Lord Priors - Dr Neil Conn in 2014 and Sir Malcolm Ross in 2016, both events being held in the Priory Church of the Order in Clerkenwell, London. He holds the Service Medal of the Order with Gold Bar.
Paying tribute to Lawson, the Prior, Major General Mark Strudwick CBE, said: “As one of the team responsible for instruction and presentation of postulants at investitures, Lawson has proved a valuable and highly regarded ceremonial officer. In his mantle and with his ceremonial baton of office, Lawson radiated calmness, encouraging postulants and promotees to enjoy the great day that an investiture is. We in St John Scotland are indeed grateful for his contribution”.
In turn, the Prior has appointed Andrew Ian Smith OStJ to assist Ian Robertson in Lawson’s role. Andrew, committee treasurer of Edinburgh Area, is no stranger to formal occasions. A member of the High Constables of Edinburgh, his duties include attending civic functions, often involving members of the Royal Family. Andrew is Deacon of the Hammermen, one of the Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh, and founded before 1477.