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Scottish Heraldry and Coats of Arms


Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

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Heraldry is often dismissed as mediaeval mumbo-jumbo, difficult to understand, recondite and of no contemporary relevance. But it is a living science and art, a vital tool in genealogical research and paradoxically very easy to understand.

Scottish Arms from the Armorial de Gelré, ca 1400.

Dr Bruce Durie will explain

  • how heraldry works (law and rules)
  • why there is no such thing as a “Family Coat of Arms"
  • how to get a legal Coat of Arms in Scotland

A handout will be provided. 

Dr. Bruce Durie BSc(Hons) PhD OMLJ FSAScot FCollT FIGRS FHEA QG is considered one of Scotland's top genealogists, with an international reputation in researching, lecturing, writing and broadcasting. He founded the much-acclaimed post-graduate program in Genealogical Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, up to Masters level, which he headed for six years as Course Director

A member of the prestigious Académie Internationale de Généalogie he is Shennachie (Genealogist and Historian) to the Chief of Durie, and Shennachie to COSCA (Council of Scottish Clans and Associations). In 2016 he was the Fulbright Senior Scottish Studies Scholar, and was appointed with Right of Audience at the Court of the Lord Lyon King of Arms of Scotland. More info at

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  • Audience: Adults

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