At the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Fife on Saturday 21 April 2018


The Strange Tale of Charles Durie's Trousers

- involving Dunfermline, Norway, Jail in Jersey, Queen Victoria, New Zealand and Texas

Talk Abstract: Charles Durie (1778-1868), originally from Dunfermline, was in the Londonderry Militia, then British Consul in Norway but sacked by Lord Palmerston. His large family stayed in Norway or migrated to Texas, but one had important Government posts in New Zealand. In 1857, aged almost 80, Charles was imprisoned in Jersey for non-payment of board and lodgings and refusal to appear in court. Charles then started to petition everyone in sight, including Queen Victoria, mostly for the return of his ‘wearing apparel.’ He died in Devon.

Dr Bruce Durie BSc(Hons) PhD OMLJ FCollT FIGRS FHEA QG

Bruce Durie is considered one of Scotland’s top genealogists, with an international reputation. He is perhaps best known for his BBC radio series, ‘Digging Up Your Roots‘ and ‘A House with A Past’, and he has authored 30 books, including the best-selling ‘Scottish Genealogy’ now in its 3rd edition. ( His background is in medicine and neuropharmacology, as well as holding a doctoral degree in history.

Bruce founded the much-acclaimed Postgraduate Program in Genealogical Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, which he headed for six years as Course Director, until 2011. He teaches courses on Genealogy, Documents and Heraldry at the University of Edinburgh, and is a popular speaker around the USA.

Elected to the prestigious Acadèmie Internationale de Gènèalogie (the only Academician from Scotland), he is Shennachie (Genealogist and Historian) to the Chief of Durie. He is one of the Founding Members of the Register of Qualified Genealogists.

Bruce was Fulbright Senior Scottish Studies Scholar, spending seven months of 2016 researching Scottish Migration at St Andrews University, Laurinburg, North Carolina, USA.

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