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Arms & Tartan

In this section we explain about arms, heraldry and tartan and show histories of the Durie arms and badges or crests and provide some guide lines and help for you to research and understand your own arms and crest. Here you will find information about the arms of the chief and other armigers (those who bear arms) and some information on the earliest recorded members of the family to carry arms.

These arms are exclusive to the chief or other armigers and variants are exclusive to their heirs.

We also explain the origins of the Durie tartan.

Heraldry

It's not just for the rich, landed and noble!

There are many misconceptions about heraldry, not least that it is:

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Heraldry is a living, breathing science, especially in those countries where it has the full force of Statue Law (Scotland and Canada, for example) or reasonably well-regulated (England, Ireland and the US Military).

Durie Coats of Arms

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Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as "Durie arms".

By their very nature, Arms can only belong to one person at a time. There is no such thing as "family Arms" or a "Clan crest" and no-one has the right to display Arms in Scotland without having these granted and registered by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, essentially the senior judge in the Scottish court of Heraldry, and with quasi-regal powers.

Not only is it illegal to bear Arms that have not been specifically awarded by the Lord Lyon, it is also illegal to invent Arms or to use existing or invented Arms.

No two people can bear the same Arms, but as heritable property they are inherited by the petitioner's heir, normally his eldest son, and by his eldest son in turn. The father's Arms can be matriculated in favour of the son upon death and succession, but this is not automatic - the matriculation process must be gone through before there is "achievement" of Arms.

Younger children inherit only a right to matriculate the Arms with a slight difference added, and they must petition separately for this to be done.

On the other hand, most individuals of Scottish descent, and who are "worthy and virtuous" can be granted Arms. These are based on the Arms of the chief of that name, even when there is distant or no blood relationship.

Scottish Arms are therefore more traditional and use mediaeval charges and patterns of charges, unlike English and other Arms. Scottish heraldry differs in many other respects from English and other European heraldries.

The Badge or "Crest"

While most Duries will not have Arms, we can all wear the Chief's badge to indicate our fealty and our membership in the family. These are derived from the crest that tops the helmet in the chief's Arms - in this case, a crescent. Note that badges, which are normally made of metal, are not coloured. They can be worn as cap badges (the original use) and as kilt-pins, brooches, belt buckles etc.

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The chief's crest and motto in a buckled strap; can be worn by anyone. A single eagle feather behind the chief's crest and motto in a circlet. Two eagle feathers behind the chief's crest and motto in a circlet. Three eagle feathers behind the chief's crest and motto in a circlet.

Early Durie Arms, Modern Durie Arms and Durie Tartan

Users’ Contributions

We encourage Duries and others to send in information on arms and crests and all subjects concerning heraldry for review and possible inclusion on the website. Please send it (in Word Document or Rich Text and including, if possible, a picture/illustration in jpg format) to webmaster@brucedurie.co.uk and we will review them and may arrange for them to go onto the website. All information will be attributed to the contributor with a by-line. Such contributions will help to build up the website and provide a better, clearer and more interesting picture of the size and breadth of our Family and its heraldry.

Individuals of Scottish descent living outwith Scotland may in many cases petition for a grant or matriculation of arms. For those who wish to bear arms legally and correctly, we can help - in any Heraldic jurisdiction (Scotland, England & Wales, Ireland, Canada).

Please email gen@brucedurie.co.uk or download this Information Pack (Heraldry-booklet.pdf).

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Share your story

If you have someone or a history for us to consider adding to the website please send your copy (attached in Word Document or Plain Text only) by email, accessible from our Contact page. Please attach photographs in Jpeg format (.jpg).

All information will be reviewed and may be used in a Newsletter and/or posted on the website and shared with the family genealogist.

We hope you will also be able to provide details have on parents, grandparents and ancestors to help us build up our extended Family Tree.

There is an historical information section on Overseas Duries included in '750 Years of Duries' by Dr Bruce Durie. Click Here

 

Share your story

If you have a story or a history for us, please send as a Word Document or Plain Text by email, accessible from our Contact page. Photographs should be in Jpeg format (.jpg).

All information will be reviewed and may be used on the website and shared with the family genealogist.

We hope you will also help us build up our extended Family Tree - http://www.brucedurie.co.uk/TNG/

There is an historical information section on Overseas Duries included in '750 Years of Duries' by Dr Bruce Durie. Click Here

 

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