Show ContentsDurie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Scottish name Durie is rooted in the people of the Pictish clans. Durie was a name for a person who held the office of Dereth.

Early Origins of the Durie family

The surname Durie was first found in Fife, where "Durie, [is] an estate in the parish of Scoonie." [1]

Some of the first records of the family include: "Duncan de Durry witnessed a charter by Malise, earl of Strathem, c. 1258-1271. John Dury [who] was cleric in St. Andrews diocese, 1464, and Walter Doray [who] was one of the brethren of the Priory of Cupar, 1500. Mr. Andrew Dure was presented to the vicarage of Newtyle, 1519, George Dury witnessed a presentation in St. Andrews, 1526, and Joneta Durye had sasine of lands in Ayrshire, 1564. " [2]

Early History of the Durie family

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Durie Spelling Variations

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Durie has been spelled Durie, Durray, Doray, Dorie, Durrie and others.

Early Notables of the Durie family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Robert Durie (1555-1616), a Scottish Presbyterian minister; and his son, John Dury (1596-1680), a Scottish Calvinist minister and intellectual. He made efforts to re-unite the Calvinist and Lutheran wings of Protestantism. Andrew Durie (d. 1558), was Bishop of Galloway and Abbot of Melrose, the son of John Durie of Durie in Fife, and brother to George Durie. George Durie (1496-1561), was Abbot of Dunfermline and Archdeacon of St. Andrews. "From 1527 till 1530 he acted as judge and executor of the monastery of Arbroath. During...
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Ireland Migration of the Durie family to Ireland

Some of the Durie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Durie migration to the United States +

In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Durie:

Durie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Durie who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1620
  • Joost Durie, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664 [3]
  • Jean Durie, who landed in New Jersey in 1678 [3]
  • Isobell Durie, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685 [3]
  • Isabel Durie, who settled in New Jersey in 1686
Durie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Durie, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738

Canada Durie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Durie Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. James Durolemey U.E., "James Gerolamy" who settled in Marysburgh [Prince Edward County], Ontario c. 1784 [4]

Australia Durie migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Durie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Durie, aged 23, a shepherd, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard" [5]

New Zealand Durie migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Durie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • David Stark Durie, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Adelaide [6]
  • David Stark Durie, aged 36, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858 [6]
  • William Durie, aged 19, a blacksmith, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Durie (post 1700) +

  • David George "Dave" Durie (1931-2016), English professional football player who played from 1952 to 1967
  • Sir Mason Durie KNZM, FRSNZ, FRANZCP, FHCNZ (b. 1938), Professor of psychiatry and research academic at Massey Universiry and well known for his contributions to Maori health
  • Jo Durie (b. 1960), British former professional tennis player
  • Rev. Mark Durie, Australian scholar and vicar of St Mary's Anglican Church in Caulfield Australia
  • Sir David Robert Campbell Durie KCMG (b. 1944), Governor of Gibraltar from 2000 to 2003

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STANDARD 1852. Retrieved
  6. Shadow Time Settlers (Retrieved 5th November 2010), retrieved from
  7. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook