DEWAR DURIE, CBE DL
Chief of the Name and
Arms of Durie and 15th representer of the Duries of Durie of Craigluscar
As head of the Durie Family I would like to welcome you to our website.
It had long been an ambition of mine to find a way to bring the far flung members of this important family closer together and begin to piece together our history.
The title and arms of Durie were returned to my father Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Durie of Durie by the Lord Lyon King of Arms in 1988. I am immensely proud to have inherited them and I am very excited at the launch of this website and what it means to the Durie family and all those names associated with us.
It would not have been possible until a few years ago when circumstance brought me together with Dr. Bruce Durie. We shared a vision to bring Duries and descendents of Duries where ever they might be together and thus to build up our fragmented history and hopefully begin to put together archival material for future generations. Some parts are comparatively well documented, others a complete blank. Please consult the extensive Durie History pages for the origins of our family and stories about some of its more prominent members across the centuries.
The website and much of its supporting material has been brought together by Bruce. It contains a wealth of information, but we look forward to receiving your comments and suggestions on how it can be improved - see our Contact page. We hope to expand it with information from other family members across the world. There is also a mass of genealogical information on the site, and an associated Family Tree wesbite to which Duries everywhere are invited to contribute. We hope that with these exchanges we can begin to fill in this huge jigsaw puzzle which is the Durie family history over the past almost 800 years.
Although we already had a website, the catylst for the creation of a Durie Family Association was undoubtedly the 2009 Gathering in Edinburgh. The Duries shared a tent with the Eliott Family, and it was clear looking and learning from other families, and feeling the interest and enthusiasm that we should attempt to do something on a larger scale.
We occasionally bring Duries together physically either here in Scotland or elsewhere, for example at the 2014 Bannockburn celebrations, and for a special Edinburgh Tattoo night - shared with the Bruce family and others - in 2017.
Again welcome. I hope you enjoy browsing through the site, and are encouraged to learn more about our Family.
Andrew Durie of Durie