He said Dewar would now take his place in history as "one of the few men across the centuries of whom it could be said that he founded a new Parliament".
To some smiles from the congregation, he remembered how Dewar would emerge from battered old cars - his towering frame a size and shape, he joked, Marks and Spencer hadn't thought of.
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You can open the drawers of the desks and cupboards in the office and look at old order books and job contracts as well as some of the Royal Warrants Dewar
Paraig said: "Writing the lament was very personal to me, but all of Scotland mourned for Donald Dewar
Chair of the South Lanarkshire Council Planning Committee, Councillor Graham Scott, welcomed Bacardi and John Dewar & Sons as a huge boost to the area and to South Lanarkshire as a whole.
John Dewar & Sons Limited currently employs 300 people at seven locations throughout Scotland.