Durrie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

An ancient Scottish people known as the Picts were the forefathers of the Durrie family. Durrie is a name for a person who held the office of Dereth.

Early Origins of the Durrie family

The surname Durrie 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. [2]

Early History of the Durrie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durrie research. Another 302 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1296, 1464, 1519, 1526, 1564, 1650, 1555, 1616, 1596, 1680, 1558, 1496, 1561, 1527, 1530, 1587, 1537, 1600, 1537, 1596, 1680 and 1596 are included under the topic Early Durrie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Durrie Spelling Variations

Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Durrie include Durie, Durray, Doray, Dorie, Durrie and others.

Early Notables of the Durrie 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...
Another 92 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Durrie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Durrie family to Ireland

Some of the Durrie 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 Durrie migration to the United States +

The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Durrie:

Durrie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A. H. Durrie, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
Durrie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Durrie, aged 62, who settled in America from Leavenworth, in 1902
  • James Durrie, aged 43, who landed in America from Musselburgh, in 1905

Contemporary Notables of the name Durrie (post 1700) +

  • George Henry Durrie (1820-1863), American winter landscape artist whose work appeared as lithographic prints by Currier and Ives, some of his work is kept at the Smithsonian American Art Museum


  1. ^ Lowe, 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)


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