By Dr Bruce Durie
In 1857 the Royal Court of Jersey imprisoned one Charles Durie, aged almost 80, for non-payment of board and lodgings and refusal to appear in court. Charles then started to petition everyone in sight, including Queen Victoria, mostly for the return of his “wearing apparel”.
But Charles has an even more interesting backstory – a scion of the Craigluscar Duries, he had been in the Londonderry Militia and was British Consul in Norway before being sacked for fiddling his expenses.
He has a large number of descendants in Texas.