South African Duries

We are just beginning to explore the South African Duries. First to respond has been Gerald Carstens and his mother Rina, (born Durie). They have proof of their family back to 1870 to the marriage of George Durie to Allison Purvis. George worked on a farm in Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland. Their son David, born in 1872, became a highly respected teacher - his testimonials are fascinating - and later, in 1899, left for South Africa. In 1904 he married Judith Margaret (Edith) Rademeyer in Brandfoot, Free State, and had a large family.  Not forgetting David's family's roots they called their house Haddington. (Full story for DFA Members in the PDF downloadable file at the bottom of the page.)

Are you descended from David and Edith Durie? When did your family arrive in South Africa?

We would like any South African Duries or those with Durie connections who feel they could be included in this geographical section to send us their names and some information about their lives and their families. Please send your story and if possible photographs as well to: It will be reviewed and may be used in a Newsletter &/or posted on the website. Durie Family Association members will, we hope, be able to provide detail they have on parents, grandparents and ancestors to help us build up our extended Family Tree.

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