Foundations of Scottish Genealogy 9 of 12: Scots Heraldry and Coats of Arms

Foundations of Scottish Genealogy 9 of 12: Scots Heraldry and Coats of Arms


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by Dr. Bruce Durie

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Foundations of Scottish Genealogy 9 of 12: Scots Heraldry and Coats of Arms


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Despite what you will see on the internet, there is NO SUCH THING as a Family Coat of Arms in Scotland, and nor is it called a Family Crest. There is only one way to get Arms in Scotland, and it is controlled by Scots Law dating back to the 1500s but still operated by the Lord Lyon King of Arms. So… How does Heraldry work? All those strange words – Sable, on a chevron Or betwixt three cross crosslets fitchée Argent as many roses Proper and a chief of the second – what do they mean? And can an American citizen get a legal Coat of Arms in Scotland? How’s your chance to find out!


 
 

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Presenter: Dr. Bruce Durie

Dr. Bruce Durie is considered one of Scotland's top genealogists, with an international reputation. He is perhaps best known for his eight-year BBC radio series, “Digging Up Your Roots” and “A House with A Past”, and he has authored over 30 books, including the best-selling “Scottish Genealogy” now in its 4th edition. His background is in medicine and neuropharmacology, as well as holding a doctoral degree in history and education.
 
Bruce founded, delivered and ran the much-acclaimed Postgraduate Program in Genealogical Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, including a full-time, online, one-year Masters Genealogical Studies programme. He now teaches courses on Genealogy, Documents and Heraldry as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.
 
He is well known for speaking, lecturing and presenting workshops on various aspects of Scottish genealogy, heraldry, history and culture worldwide but particularly in the UK, USA and Canada.
 
His latest book is "Your Scottish-American Ancestry" and forthcoming are:
  • "Celt-ish: Uncovering the Great 'Celtic' Conspiracy" (The History Press, late 2019/early 2020)
  • “The American Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of Arbroath” (early 2020)

(see www.brucedurie.co.uk/books.html)

 

Other honours and awards:

  • Shennachie (Genealogist and Historian) to the Chief of Durie
  • Elected to the prestigious Académie Internationale de Généalogie (the only member from Scotland)
  • Recently appointed Chartered Biologist (CBiol) by the Royal Biological Society for his work on the public understanding of Genetic Genealogy
  • Founding Member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists (www.qualifiedgenealogists.org)
  • Founding Member of the Editorial Board of two scholarly, peer-reviewed journals, Genealogy (www.mdpi.com/journal/genealogy) and The Journal of Genealogy and Family History (www.qualifiedgenealogists.org/ojs)
  • Fulbright Senior Scottish Studies Scholar 2016, spending eight months researching “Scottish Migration into Colonial America” at St Andrews University, Laurinburg, North Carolina, USA
  • Right of Audience at the Court of the Lord Lyon

More info at: www.brucedurie.co.uk

Dr. Bruce Durie