Sir David Durie

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david-durie-thumbSir David Durie, the first Chairman of the Durie Family Association was born in Glasgow in 1944.

He is married to Susan Weller (Lady Durie) and has 3 married daughters (1969, 1971 and 1975) as well as seven grandchildren. He lives in Kew, SW London and also spends part of the year in Argyll.

He was knighted (KCMG) in 2003. At the time he was Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Gibraltar, only the second civilian to hold the post. He became Governor in 2000.

In a varied earlier career in the public service he was the United Kingdom Deputy Permanent Representative (ie Deputy Ambassador) to the European Union in Brussels from 1992 -1995 negotiating on behalf of the UK on much of the internal legislation of the European Union. Between his posts in Brussels and Gibraltar he was the Director General in the UK Department of Trade and Industry responsible for enterprise and regions.

Arms of Sir David Durie
(matriculated in 2003)

The Arms show a variant of the classic Durie chevron and crescents and a Campbell gyronny of eight, with allusions to the rock of Gibraltar and a motto which reflects both the rock and Sir David's Christian faith.

Earlier responsibilities include a variety of posts in the DTI and its predecessor Government Departments in London, a spell in the Cabinet Office at the heart of Government and three years in the 1970s as First Secretary in the UK Delegation to OECD in Paris.

Since retiring from the public service in 2003 he has held a number of appointments including a spell chairing the charity known as the Responsibility in Gambling Trust which helps problem gamblers. He has helped found the Durie Family Association. David and Sue have both had a long interest in genealogy and family history.

Sir David is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts as well as a Knight of St John (2000).

He was a scholar at Fettes College, Edinburgh before going to Christ Church, Oxford. He graduated from Oxford with a degree in Physics before joining the Ministry of Technology in 1966.

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