The death of Star Trek actor James Doohan has provoked a row between four Scottish cities over plans to erect a plaque in tribute to his MONTGOMERY SCOTT character from the legendary sci-fi saga.

Following the news Doohan died last month (20JUL05), officials in Linlithgow announced they plan to honour engineer Scotty who, according to Star Trek folklore, was born in the city in 2222.

But, to the astonishment of Linlithgow council bosses, the cities of Aberdeen, Elgin and Edinburgh have all also laid claim to being the correct place to pay tribute to the Scotty character.

Councillor WILLY DUNN says, "We have information that Scotty was born here and then moved to Aberdeen. Fair dos to Aberdeen, you can see where their claim comes from, but Edinburgh or Elgin? I'm not so sure."

Aside from the debate as to where Scotty was actually born, Dunn has another matter on his mind: "We are trying to figure out what the name of it (a plaque) would be, because you can't really have a memorial to somebody before they are born, can you?"

Aberdeen councillor PAMELA MacDONALD confirms the city is considering a tribute of its own, as Scotty once referred to himself as an "Aberdeen pub crawler" in one episode, according to the official Star Trek website.

She says, "If he came from Aberdeen and there's a quotation to say that then we should claim him."

Elgin official KEITH SANDS confirms his city is also looking into the possibility of a Scotty honour as Doohan once said his character came from "Elgin, near Aberdeen" in an interview.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh's bid relies on a tit-bit of information from website, which states Scotty's birthplace as "Edinburgh, Earth".

Councillor LESLEY HINDS says, "If he really is from Edinburgh then we shouldn't let these other places claim him."

02/08/2005 13:57