Post date: Friday, 4 March, 2016 - 17:21
At the end of February the Chief and his wife Marguerite joined a large group of Scots of all ages who travelled to Florence to dance reels in palazzos on two consecutive nights. The organisers of the Pink and Blue Balls have every two years gathered several large parties together and taken them to different cities to see and enjoy their culture and in turn introduce piping and Scottish Country Dancing to an often bemused local audience.
Post date: Saturday, 12 December, 2015 - 11:57
New Abbot Durie’s Seal Single Malt whisky.
The Chief writes, "The cask which provided our first Abbot Durie's Seal Single Malt is exhausted. It was a 15 year old Clynish, a distillery close to Brora in Sutherland. To replace it I have chosen with Alex Bruce of Adelphi, and a panel of my two sons and son-in-law, a 15 year old Ardmore Single Malt.
Post date: Thursday, 3 December, 2015 - 20:00
The Chief’s younger son, Philip, married on September 19th at Buchanan Church near Loch Lomond at a service taken by The Reverend Alex J. MacPherson. Philip’s bride is Sandra Gonzalez the daughter of Señor Luis Alejandro Gonzalez Osorio of Colombia and Geneva and Mrs Jennifer Gonzalez Hall of Geneva and they have known each other since their university days at Leeds.
Post date: Wednesday, 19 August, 2015 - 12:44
The Chief writes: Marguerite and I were honoured and delighted to be invited to the wedding of my Shennachie Dr. Bruce Durie to Ms. Carolyn Becket which took place at St. Vincent’s Chapel in Edinburgh on the 12th August.
Post date: Monday, 27 July, 2015 - 17:05
Dr Bruce Durie, Shennachie to the Chief and genealogist to the DFA, has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scottish Studies Scholar Award to Research and Teach in the USA. Internationally recognised as one of Scotland's top genealogists this award will allow him to spend a considerable amount of time in the States to undertake historical research and teaching.
See The Highlander - July/August 2015, Volume 53, No 4.
Post date: Wednesday, 29 April, 2015 - 13:40
In April 2015, our Shenachie, Dr Bruce Durie, attended the COSCA Clan Caucus at Historic Rural Hill, North Carolina. He was representing the Durie Family at the Loch Norman Games,
Post date: Wednesday, 10 December, 2014 - 16:44
What to give a Chief? As there is a handsome embroidered Durie pipe banner, given in 1985 as an 80th birthday present to Lt.Col. R.V.D. Durie of Durie, father of the current chief, Andrew, his sister decided a pipe tune was the answer.
Post date: Friday, 28 November, 2014 - 14:44
Dr. Bruce Durie, the DFA’s genealogist, has been appointed honorary Seannachaidh to the US based Council of Scottish Clans & Associations (www.cosca.scot). He will be consulting on a range of genealogical and ancestral questions and projects for COSCA and its members.
Post date: Friday, 28 November, 2014 - 14:21
Australian Duries: Ken and Pat, of Lithgow, New South Wales, with their friends Helen Drewe and Suzanne Lollback – avid amateur orchid hunters all – have produced and published neat booklets on the flora of their region. ‘Native Orchids of Hassans Walls Reserve’ came out in August 2012. The proceeds of its success have gone towards publishing the next one, ‘Plants of Hassans Walls Reserve’ which is now available.
Post date: Thursday, 20 November, 2014 - 10:41
Our chairman, Sir David Durie and his wife Sue (Lady Durie), had a magical few days in Venice earlier in the Autumn to celebrate both their 70th birthdays. The weather was kind and they managed to avoid both the crowds and the high water!