Bruce Durie - Genealogy

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

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Talks and Conference Presentations (recent and upcoming)


The Confusing Heraldry of St Margaret – Heraldry Society of Scotland, Edinburgh, January 2007.

Regular and Irregular-Marriages in Scotland Before 1834 - National Institute for Genealogical Studies and University of Toronto, Canada, 3 July 2007.

Wills, Testaments, Inventories and Retours: Inheritance in Scotland - National Institute for Genealogical Studies and University of Toronto, Canada, 3 July 2007.

Dick Donovan: The Glasgow Detective Popular Before Sherlock Holmes – University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, 5 July 2007.

"I'll Tak the High Road”: Scotland's migrations in and out - Flower of Scotland: A Scottish Family History Conference Family Records Centre, London 13 October 2007.

Scottish Crimewriting – Edinburgh Book Festival, 26 August 2007.

Hungarians in Scotland 1841 to 1901 – Semmelweiss University, Budapest, October 2007.

Ill Served by Sovereigns – why Scotland went for Union – Parcel o’ Rogues, Fife Family History Conference, Glenrothes, 22 September 2007.

Genetics and Identity in the Year of Homecoming – Edinburgh Book Festival, August 2009

When Genes and Genealogy Collide: a taxonomy of Durie/Dury Arms in Scotland and France. (XXVIII Congrès International des Sciences Généalogique et Héraldique, Quebec June 2008)

Border Families and their Books in Northern England and in Scotland, c.1480-c.1620 - Symposium, Merton College, Oxford, 16-17 April 2010

The Scottish Register of Arms as a Restoration Phenomenon - Heraldry Society Conference, York 12-14 Aug 2010

Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge: teaching postgraduate genealogy at Strathclyde University and possibilities for furthering Ulster American genealogical cooperation, Ulster-American Heritage Symposium, Western Carolina University, June 2010

“Flectures” – Building Flexible Flash/Mp3 Learning Materials From Narrated Powerpoints - EDEN Dublin Annual Conference June 2011

The Future of Genealogy Education Breaking the Barriers – Innovative Genealogy in the 20th and 21st Century Society of Genealogists Centenary Conference May 2011 London

What It Means To Be Scottish. - XXIX. Internationaler Kongreß der Genealogischen und Heraldischen Wissenschaften September 2011 Freiburg, Germany

Inheritance, Wills and Land in Scotland (Graduate Seminar) 29 March 2011 University of Guelph, Toronto.

Land, Law and Latin - the future of genealogy? Scottish Studies Spring Colloquium,  9 April 2011 Knox College, University of Toronto.

Personal and Civic Heraldry in and around Dunfermline Abbot House, Dunfermline, May 2011

Who wrote the original for the “Scotch Copy of a Poem on Heraldry”? West Post Poetry Festival, Edinburgh, August 2011

Genes and Genealogy – Is surname a good predictor of ethnic origin in Scotland? VII° Colloque International de Généalogie, Bologna, September 2011

Beyond-Censuses Fife Family History Show –  17 Sept 2011  

Scottish Genealogy (and maybe something about books, too…) Portobello Book Festival, 8 October2011

Personal and Civic Heraldry of Dunbartonshire Dunbartonshire Family History Society, Milngavie, 13 Oct 2011

Researching House History –Beyond The Brickwork Killin, 4 November 2011

Ancestral Tourism Industry Training Programme  Hospitalfield House, Arbroath 8 Dec 2011

The Golfers – Charles Lees and the 1847 Portraits  Ayrshire Family History Society, Troon, 20 March 2012

Rossend Castle Kirkcaldy Civic Society, 22 March 2012

Dick Donovan - The first mass-market detective  SAFHS,-Dundee 21 April 2012

The Durie Diaspora  Durie Family Association, London, 22 May 2012

Land records in Scotland and the Related Documents  Guild of One name Studies, Oxgangs, 24 June 2012

Numerous regular talks to local family history societies, WEAs etc. as well as Edinburgh Book Festival.


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