Durie of Durie

ANDREW MAULE DEWAR DURIE OF DURIE, CBE DL

Chief of the Name and Arms of Durie, recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms as the 15th representer of the Duries of Durie of Craigluscar.

Son of Lt-Col Raymond Varley Dewar Durie of Durie, Andrew was educated at Wellington College and became a Captain in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, serving from 1958 to 1968 in Scotland, Wales and BAOR, and seeing active service in South-East Asia and Aden.

After his military service, Andrew had a distinguished career in the whisky industry, as a Director of White Horse Distillers (1973-83), Long John International. (1983-88), James Burrough Ltd (1988-1991) and Allied Distillers Ltd (MD 1991-97, Chairman 1997-99). He was Chairman of CBI Scotland 1997-99 and President of the Edinburgh Royal Warrant Holders Association in 1999. Andrew is a member of the Glasgow Incorporation of Maltmen, a Liveryman of Worshipful Company of Distillers and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Dumbartonshire. He was awarded the CBE in 2000. Chairman of the Sea Fish Industry Authority from 2003 to 2008, he is also a Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers. Andrew served on the Board of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo from 2000 to 2010, and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs until July 2010. He now focuses his time as a member of the Executive Committee of Erskine Homes for ex-servicemen and women in Scotland and is a non-executive director of St Andrews Links Ltd.

Andrew's home is at Finnich Malise in West Stirlingshire, on the edge of the Loch Lomond National Park, with his wife Marguerite, daughter of Graf Kunata and Grafin Marguerite Kottulinsky of Austria. They enjoy country pastimes, travelling and in particular their new venture, the conversion of the Steading buildings at Finnich Malise into holiday cottages.

Their daughter, Nicola Louise (b. 1974) a graduate of Edinburgh and post-graduate of Bath Universities, lives with her husband Adrian Helfert in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They have a son Tristan Andrew (b. 2009) and daughter Eloise (b.2012). Nicola is a consultant on corporate and social responsibility to the Coors Molson Brewery Group, Denver. James Alexander Maule Dewar Durie (Younger of Durie, b. 1978) was educated at Stowe School and graduated from Manchester University. He married Lady Alex Finch Knightley in Oct 2008. They live in London with their daughter Isla (b. 2012) and Robbie (b, 2015) where he works for Miramax having previously been with IMG. Philip Anthony Varley Dewar Durie (b 1986) was educated at Glenalmond College then graduated from Leeds University. After a few years at Reuters he now works for Northern Trust of Chicago.

LINEAGE

  • ANDREW DURIE OF DURIE of Crosswood; b c 1466, possibly the brother of
  • GEORGE DURIE OF DURIE of Balcurrogol; m 1st Isobel Lundy m 1487 2nd Isabella, dau of Sir Henry Wardlaw of Torrie
  • JOHN DURIE OF DURIE, Baron of Durie (1506); m Janet, daughter of John Beaton (Betoun), son of Archbishop Beaton, sister of James Beaton, Abbot and Commendator
  • ABBOT GEORGE DURIE 1st Laird of Craigluscar, b 1494; m 1st 1538 Catherine Sybbald, daughter of the Laird of Balgony; Archdeacon of St Andrews and Abbot of Abbotshall, Kirkcaldy and Rossend (1526), last Abbot of the Convent of Dunfermline (1530-61), Perpetual Commendator of Dunfermline, Lord of Articles, Lord of Council and Session and Keeper of the Privy purse 1554; friend of Mary Queen of Scots (as evidenced by her letters to him dated 1571)
  • HENRY DURIE OF CRAIGLUSCAR (2nd); b 1543;
  • GEORGE DURIE OF CRAIGLUSCAR (3rd) b 1576; Honorary Burgess Dunfermline;
  • JAMES DURIE OF NETHERTON and CRAIGLUSCAR (4th); b 1583
  • CAPTAIN GEORGE DURIE OF CRAIGLUSCAR (5th); Capt in Louis XIV Scots Guards, Provost of Dunfermline (1687)
    • succeeded by his brother
  • JOHN DURIE OF CRAIGLUSCAR (6th); b 1640
  • GEORGE DURIE OF CRAIGLUSCAR (7th); b 1701
  • CHARLES DURIE OF CRAIGLUSCAR (8th); b 1738
  • CAPTAIN ROBERT DURIE OF CRAIGLUSCAR (9th), b 1770; Capt 73rd Highland Regiment
  • DR. CHARLES DURIE OF CRAIGLUSCAR, MD (10th); b 1815
  • ROBERT DURIE OF CRAIGLUSCAR (11th); b 17 Dec 1839 and died unmarried in 1868
    • succeeded by his sister
  • MRS. ELIZA DEWAR-DURIE OF CRAIGLUSCAR (12th); b 1837; m 1859 Dr Andrew Dewar, MD, JP, who assumed the additional surname of DURIE upon his wife's succession to Craigluscar 1868, and died 1895. Eliza sold Craigluscar in 1909 and died in 1917
  • ROBERT NUGENT DEWAR-DURIE, OBE (1918), MC (1918), de jure 13th of Craigluscar; b 1879, served with 35th Company Imperial Yeomanry and General Rundle’s Division in the South African War 1899-1901, with the Imperial Yeomanry, (Queen’s Medal and 4 clasps), in WW I on a variety of special assignments in Persia and Russia as Liaison Officer and as financial advisor to Caucacus Military Mission, (Stanislas Medal 2nd class, 1916, and St Anne Medal 2nd class, 1917), and in WW II with the Home Guard; a banker with Imperial Bank of Persia 1901-14 and 1919-28 ultimately as Inspector General.
  • LT-COL RAYMOND VARLEY DEWAR DURIE OF DURIE, (formerly Dewar-Durie), de jure 14th of Craigluscar; b 1905 at Isfahan, Persia, MID (1943), recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms in the name of DURIE OF DURIE, 1988, Lt-Col Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, served in WW II and overseas in Jamaica, China (as Liaison Officer in Shanghai when it fell to the Japanese, escaping to Chungking, a journey of 2,000 miles which took 3 months and for which he was mentioned in despatches), as Assistant Military Attaché in Nanking where he acted as interpreter during the evacuation of the wounded from HMS Amethyst in 1949.

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