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Duffus 2000 Reunion!!!

Thursday, June 29th through Sunday, July 2nd, 2000.

Join all Duffuses for a splendid celebration at Duffus Castle. For a list of potential
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Subject: octogenarian joins 21st century
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2000 18:12:17 -0000
From: "harry duffus" <>
To: "isbel nebel" <>
CC: "kevin nebel" <MKEVIN@PRISMNET.BC>, "david duffus" <>,"innes duffus" <>, "ann duffus" <>

Hiy'all - guess who has just joined the club? George has taught me all he
knows about computers - it only took him 2 minutes!!! Now you have my
address , no excuses.

Regards to the men, love to the women.

New Genealogy Page for Duffus Web Site

Because of the increasing content of genealogical information I keep adding, I've found
it necessary to create a separate page that lists all of the sources!!



1900 to 1909

1910 to 1917

Grant Lodge Duffus Names Added

On the occasions I've been to Elgin I have been copying down Duffus names 
in the Elgin Public Library's Grant Lodge Data Base. Most of the birth, marriage and
death references come from newspaper articles since the 1700's until the present time.


Webmaster descended from Differs family 
which changed its name to Duffus in early

Here's my family tree which we traced back to James Differs who married Helen Henderson in 1814. Innes Duffus and I have come to the conclusion based upon our research that the all members of the Differs family which came from Errol, Scotland, just a few miles east of Dundee all changed their names to Duffus during the 1800's.

You can see this change take place with birth certificates for my great great great great grandfather's children:

1. JAMES1 DIFFERS. He married HELEN HENDERSON March 17, 1814 (her father is David Henderson) 


Occupation: Seaman in His Majesty's Navy


2. i. JOHN HENDERSON2 DUFFUS, b. November 08, 1815, Dundee, Forfar, Scotland; d. January 19, 1896, Dundee, Forfar, Scotland - Western Cemetery on Perth Rd..

3. ii. JAMES DUFFUS, b. August 10, 1817, Dundee, Forfar, Scotland; d. November 14, 1873, Cause - chronic bronchitis, vesticular, emphysema for years.

iii. WILLIAM DUFFUS, b. October 10, 1819, Dundee, Angus, Scotland; d. 1865, Dundee, 1st District, Angus, Scotland.

iv. DAVID DUFFERS, b. October 22, 1821. Named after paternal grandfather David Henderson - source Dundee Baptismal records.

4. v. GEORGE DIFFERS, b. September 13, 1823, Dundee, Scotland; d. December 08, 1901, Dundee, Scotland. Named after uncle George Differs - source Dundee Baptismal records. Birth date ties in with George Duffus who is great great grandfather of the current John Henderson Duffus

vi. AGNES DIFFERS, b. February 16, 1826 

vii. AGNES YULE DIFFERS, b. May 19, 1828 


Differs Origins 

1570-1580 1580-1620 1621-1630 1631-1640 1641-1650
1651-1670 1671-1680 1681-1690 1691-1700 1701-1710
1711-1720 1721-1740 1741-1770 1771-1790 1791-1800
1801-1810 1811-1820 1821-1830 1831-1840 1841-1850
1851-1860 1861-1900




26 Kenilworth Ave.
Dundee DD4 6LG
United Kingdom

February 7, 2000

Dear Mr. Duffus,

I enclose herewith my request for provisional registration - provisional because my being at the Gathering depends on my being able to find a single room. You may not be aware that there is a dearth of these and when Elgin knows that there is to be an influx of people for anything so specific as a gathering, coming up to summer time, they will not be willing to allocate doubles as singles. This story is usually "If you come back after 10 p.m.----" One other thing regarding the proposed payment -- wouldn't it be possible for you to open an account here and authorise someone to collect for those who live here? It would save some conversion charges.

I learned about the event only when I saw you photographed in the Howff flanked by Harry and Innes, one of whom I have since met. Harry has shown me some of the material you sent him which leaves me almost speechless. I can add a little but at present I am hounded to death (you must brush up on your Scots) with property problems and the aftermath of my accident (Oct.98) when my car was totaled and my insurers have let me down badly. No injury but nothing but hassle since.

I enclose a tree which will give you some idea of my credentials. My Doigs are a dead loss literally and metaphorically. I should have concentrated on Duffuss and Tyndalls. I might then come up with some living relatives, however distant. I had Latin at school and University and I felt that the plural of Duffus should be "Duffi!"

I look forward to meeting friends from across the pond which my father crossed many times as a marine engineer with ATL. They broke up the ships in 1934 and five years later, wished they had them - ships and engineers. The result in terms of employment was not much different from the Clearances.

With all good wishes for the success of your project.

Yours sincerely,

Margaret Doig

Enclosed - tree DD and Helen Mitchell, USA connection, Cupar James D. and Ann Couts


Descendants of David Duffus

Generation No. 1


1. DAVID1 DUFFUS was born 1728, and died May 01, 1773 in Haugh of Rattray. He married HELEN MITCHELL.



i. GEORGE2 DUFFUS, b. April 09, 1769.

ii. DAVID DUFFUS, b. February 06, 1771.


2. iv. ALEXANDER DUFFUS, b. July 19, 1772.


Generation No. 2


2. ALEXANDER2 DUFFUS (DAVID1) was born July 19, 1772. He married EUPHANES HUTCHISON.




ii. ALEXANDER DUFFUS, b. July 05, 1795.

iii. MARGARET DUFFUS, b. July 31, 1796; d. April 17, 1869; m. JOHN RATTRAY.

iv. EUPHEMIA DUFFUS, b. March 12, 1799, West Mill; d. January 23, 1863, Larch Bank.

v. CHARLES DUFFUS, b. May 10, 1801; d. April 14, 1805, West Mill.

4. vi. ELISABETH DUFFUS, b. May 05, 1803.


Generation No. 3


3. JAMES3 DUFFUS (ALEXANDER2, DAVID1). He married JEAN SOUTAR April 15, 1819.


Children of JAMES DUFFUS and JEAN SOUTAR are:

i. JEAN4 DUFFUS, b. February 03, 1820.

5. ii. JAMES DUFFUS, b. March 06, 1822; d. December 03, 1916.

6. iii. AGATHA DUFFUS, b. August 12, 1823; d. May 09, 1899.

iv. THOMAS DUFFUS, b. January 13, 1825.

v. EUPHEMIA DUFFUS, b. September 01, 1826.

vi. ELISABETH DUFFUS, b. October 29, 1827.

vii. GEORGE DUFFUS, b. July 12, 1829.

4. ELISABETH3 DUFFUS (ALEXANDER2, DAVID1) was born May 05, 1803. She married JAMES PRINGLE.



i. JOHN4 PRINGLE, b. 1842.

ii. JAMES PRINGLE, b. 1844.


Generation No. 4


5. JAMES4 DUFFUS (JAMES3, ALEXANDER2, DAVID1) was born March 06, 1822, and died December 03, 1916.He married ANN COUTTS September 19, 1848. 

Children of JAMES DUFFUS and ANN COUTTS are:

i. JAMES5 DUFFUS, b. 1850; d. May 01, 1904.

ii. AGNES FRANCES DUFFUS, b. 1852; d. May 07, 1917; m. STRUTH?.

iii. JEANNIE DUFFUS, b. 1855; d. February 25, 1883.

iv. ANNIE COUTTS DUFFUS, b. September 19, 1855; d. April 07, 1924.

v. MARY STEELE DUFFUS, b. August 02, 1857.

vi. BETSY DUFFUS, b. 1859.

vii. EUPHEMIA DUFFUS, b. September 16, 1861; d. February 20, 1938.

viii. JOHN COUTTS DUFFUS, b. February 14, 1861; d. January 25, 1933 at Penniwells, Elstree, Herts.

ix. MARGARET MITCHELL DUFFUS, b. January 19, 1866; d. June 05, 1967; m. GOLD.

6. AGATHA4 DUFFUS (JAMES3, ALEXANDER2, DAVID1) was born August 12, 1823, and died May 09, 1899. She married DAVID TYNDALL November 15, 1850.



i. JAMES5 TYNDALL, b. 1853, New York, USA; d. February 13, 1923; m. LIZZIE ROBERTSON.

ii. JANE TYNDALL, b. 1856, New York; d. December 30, 1875.

7. iii. ANDREW TYNDALL, b. 1857, New York; d. 1881, Dundee.

8. iv. AGATHA DUFFUSTYNDALL, b. August 28, 1859, Monikie; d. August 25, 1948.

v. CHARLES BURNET TYNDALL, b. February 13, 1862.

vi. DAVID TYNDALL, b. February 09, 1864; m. BERTHA MORRISON, December 1938, 80 Oakdale St., Roseland Gardens, Brockton, Mass..

vii. GEORGE TYNDALL, b. September 27, 1867; d. March 08, 1914.

viii. MARY HELEN TYNDALL, b. April 23, 1871; d. January 14, 1872.


Generation No. 5


7. ANDREW5 TYNDALL (AGATHA4 DUFFUS, JAMES3, ALEXANDER2, DAVID1) was born 1857 in New York, and died 1881 in Dundee. He married EDZELL 1871.



i. ROBINA TYNDALL6 COPELAND, b. May 17, 1876.

8. AGATHA5 DUFFUSTYNDALL (AGATHA4 DUFFUS, JAMES3, ALEXANDER2, DAVID1) was born August 28, 1859 in Monikie, and died August 25, 1948. She married JAMES DOIG June 14, 1883.



9. i. AGATHA6 DOIG, b. February 02, 1881.

ii. DAVID DOIG, b. 1883; d. July 04, 1962.

10. iii. WILLIAMINA DOIG, b. 1885; d. February 23, 1920.

iv. ROBINA YOUNG DOIG, b. April 07, 1887; d. May 07, 1887.

11. v. PERCIVAL DOIG, b. October 24, 1890; d. September 07, 1951.

12. vi. MARY (MAY) DOIG, b. 1893; d. October 18, 1939, Whiting, Indiana.

13. vii. JAMES DOIG, b. 1895; d. Whiting, Indiana.


Generation No. 6






10. WILLIAMINA6 DOIG (AGATHA5 DUFFUSTYNDALL, AGATHA4 DUFFUS, JAMES3, ALEXANDER2, DAVID1) was born 1885, and died February 23, 1920. She married DAVID L. BRODIE.




11. PERCIVAL6 DOIG (AGATHA5 DUFFUSTYNDALL, AGATHA4 DUFFUS, JAMES3, ALEXANDER2, DAVID1) was born October 24, 1890, and died September 07, 1951. He married ANNIE RITCHIE ROBB July 28, 1921.




12. MARY (MAY)6 DOIG (AGATHA5 DUFFUSTYNDALL, AGATHA4 DUFFUS, JAMES3, ALEXANDER2, DAVID1) was born 1893, and died October 18, 1939 in Whiting, Indiana. She married ANGUS MCLEOD.




13. JAMES6 DOIG (AGATHA5 DUFFUSTYNDALL, AGATHA4 DUFFUS, JAMES3, ALEXANDER2, DAVID1) was born 1895, and died in Whiting, Indiana. He married ETHEL.


Child of JAMES DOIG and ETHEL is:


"Big Spender"

provided by Dr. John Henderson Duffus of Edinburgh

This gentlemen must have been the grandson of James Coutts Duffus b.1850.

Click on picture to read article!!!

Duffus Web Site Wins 
Scottish Radiance Award




Name State Served Enlist Date Enlist Rank Enlist Age Enlist Place Army
John H Duffus New York 29 September 1864 Priv 25 New York City, NY Union
John H Duffus New York 29 September 1864 Priv 24 New York City, NY Union  
James Duffus Iowa 14 May 1864 Priv 18   Union



  James Duffus 
Claimed Residence in Poweshiek County    

Enlist Date Enlist Place Enlist Rank Enlist Age
14 May 1864   Priv 18

Served Iowa  Enlisted B Co. 46th Inf Reg. IA Mustered Out at Davenport, IA on 23 September 1864        
Source: Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion
Abbreviation: IARoster
Published by English on 1910

Name of Regiment Date of Organization Muster Date Regiment Type
Iowa 46th Infantry Regiment 10 June 1864 23 September 1864 Infantry
Officers Killed or Mortally Wounded Officers Died of Disease or Accident Enlisted Killed or Mortally Wounded Enlisted Died of Disease or Accident
0 0 1 27

List of Soldiers

Regimental History
Battles Fought
Battle at Colliersville, Tennessee on 14 July 1864
Battle at Colliersville, Tennessee on 19 July 1864
Battle at Colliersville, Tennessee on 24 July 1864



 John H. Duffus was the son of John Henderson Duffus of Dundee b. 1816 d. 1896
and is the Webmaster's great great grandfather. John Duffus was a former
missionary with the London Missionary Society and joined the Union Army
after he emigrated to the United States in 1864.

  John H Duffus     

Enlist Date Enlist Place Enlist Rank Enlist Age
29 September 1864 New York City, NY Priv 24

Served New York  Enlisted K Co. 13th HA Reg. NY Mustered Out at Norfolk, VA on 28 June 1865        
Source: New York: Report of the Adjutant-General
Abbreviation: NYRoster
Published by on 1894-1906



Database: American Genealogical-Biographical

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Surname Given Name(s) Maiden Name Birth Date Birth Place Biographical Info Reference
DUFFUS Belle J.   1896 Iowa   Genealogical and encyclopedic history of the Wheeler family in America. By Albert Gallatins Wheeler. Boston. 1914. p.:556
DUFFUS Charles         American loyalists, biog. sketches of adherents to the British crown in the War of the Rev. By Lorenzo Sabine. Boston. 1847. (733p.)
DUFFUS Claire L.     188? Iowa Genealogical and encyclopedic history of the Wheeler family in America. By Albert Gallatins Wheeler. Boston. 1914. p.:556
 DUFFUS Clyde D.   1885 Iowa   Genealogical and encyclopedic history of the Wheeler family in America. By Albert Gallatins Wheeler. Boston. 1914. p.:556
DUFFUS Hazel L.   1898 Iowa,   Genealogical and encyclopedic history of the Wheeler family in America. By Albert Gallatins Wheeler. Boston. 1914. p.:556
 DUFFUS Lewis L.   189? Iowa   Genealogical and encyclopedic history of the Wheeler family in America. By Albert Gallatins Wheeler. Boston. 1914. p.:556
DUFFUS Lizzie Lee Anna (Wheeler) 1861 Iowa   Genealogical and encyclopedic history of the Wheeler family in America. By Albert Gallatins Wheeler. Boston. 1914. p.:556
DUFFUS Lona Wheeler   188? Iowa   Genealogical and encyclopedic history of the Wheeler family in America. By Albert Gallatins Wheeler. Boston. 1914. p.:556
DUFFUS Sad= ie Elizabeth   189? Iowa   Genealogical and encyclopedic history of the Wheeler family in America. By Albert Gallatins Wheeler. Boston. 1914. p.:556
DUFFUS William H.   1858 Iowa   Genealogical and encyclopedic history of the Wheeler family in America. By Albert Gallatins Wheeler. Boston. 1914. p.:556


Database: Biography Database 1680-1830

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Name Year of Record Source of Record

Duffus, Charlotte


Subscribed to The History of the Saracens (Vol. 2), 1718 , OCKLEY, Simon.London
Subject: history



Subscribed to The works of ... Dr. William Beveridge (Vol. 1), 1720, GREGORY, Timothy. London.Subject: religion

Duffus, Kenneth

1721 Subscribed to A new general atlas ... of all the world, 1721, SENEX, John. London
Subject: geography

Sutherland, William

= 1722

Subscribed to The Lives and Characters of the most eminent writers of the Scots Nation; with an abstract and catalogue of their works; their various editions, and the judgment of the learn'd concerning them (Vol. 3), 1722, MACKENZIE, George. EdinburghSubject: biography

Duffus, Kenneth 1728

Subscribed to Atlas Maritimus ... by Dr. Halley, 1728, CUTLER, Nathaniel.London
Subject: geography


February, 1731

Gentleman's Magazine, February, 1731



Listed in Williamson's Directory for the City of Edinburgh, Canongate, Leith & Suburbs, from June 1775, to June 1776, [1776]. Edinburgh. Printed by and for Peter Williamson, and sold at his Room, within the Entry to the Royal Exchange, and by all the Booksellers in Town and Country

Sutherland, Erick
AKA Lord Duffus

September, 1768

Gentleman's Magazine, September, 1768

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Clan MacDuff History Recognizes Fifus Duffus

"The Legendary History of

Clan MacDuff


The Duffs are descended from those original Gaels who inhabited the Highlands of Scotland long before the Roman Invasion, and before the Christian era. Their ancient Gaelic name, Dhuibh, is pronounced Duff, and signifies a dark complected man with dark hair. The first Scottish Highlanders were members of the ancient German Tribes who crossed over the German Ocean and settled first on the east and north coast of the barren Island of Caledonia, later moving inland. They were of the Chauci, Cimbri, Suevi, Catti. and others, all fair complected with either red or brown hair, and of a 91ant stature and enormous endurance. The people of Britain and the lowlands of Scotland were originally from France and southern Europe, but the Highlanders from the beginning, kept themselves apart, and did not mingle with the lowlanders, whom they hated.

The Duffs were of German Catti ancestry, having settled on the shores of Caithness in very early times. At first they were of the ancient Kournaovioi Tribe who occupied the north peninsula of Caithness, later moving down into Moray below the Moray Firth, where they were Mormaers of the Kanteai Tribe for many ages. At one time Moray included all the north central Highlands, and the more reliable historians agree that the famous Thane of Fife (Fifus Duffus) came from Moray, previous to the great historical event which brought him to the attention of posterity.

With the other Caledonian Tribes the Duffs fought the Roman Invaders and thus prevented the foreigners from gaining a foothold in Scotland.

According to an old genealogical manuscript, the Duffs were Mormaers of Moray during the era of the Pictish Kings, and were also prominent in Fife and Fothriff. Strath Avon was one of their old neighborhoods, near the Cairngorm Mountains.

The first Official Record of the Thanes of Fife was in the year 838 A.D. At that time Kenneth MacAlpine, who bore the blood of both Pictish and Scots-Irish Kings in his veins, had united two warring nations under one rule in the name of Scotland. When he appointed his Governors for the several Provinces, Fifus Duffus, or Duff of Fifeshire was appointed Governor of Fifeshire.

In 1039 Queen Gruoch's (travestied by Shakespeare as Lady Macbeth) second husband King Macbeth, Mormaer of Moray - who also belonged to the House of Duff slew King Duncan and seized upon the Throne, and when Duff, the Thane of Fife, vowed that he would !I not be ridden with a snaffle" and failed to aid in building MacBeth's Castle, the pretender swore vengeance and drove Duff, the Thane of Fife, into exile. Duff hurried to England to join forces with -Malcolm, young son of King Duncan, and now that he had reached maturity, prevailed upon him to return to Scotland and take for himself the Throne of his fathers.

In 1057 after the death of her second husband, King Macbeth. the son of Queen Gruoch (who was the senior representative of the House of Duff), by her first husband, succeeded as King Lulach.

But upon returning, with an Army, Duff, the Thane, found that MacBeth had murdered Lady MacDuff and several of her children. and attacking MacBeth's Castle of Dunsinane, they drove him north into the Hills above the Dee River, where Duff slew the Pretender on a slope above Lumfannaaine, and carried his head to Prince Malcolm.

When King Malcolm of Canmore was firmly established on the Throne, he called a Parliament at Forfair in 1057, and rewarded those who had aided him in attaining the crown, King Malcolm honored with three sorts of Privileges -

That the Earl of Fife, by Office, shall bear the heraldic red lion rampant of the Royal House, and shall set the Crown upon the King's head on the stone of Scone at his Coronation.

That when the King should give Battle to his enemies, that the same Earl should lead the Vanguard of his host.

That the lineage of Duff should enjoy Regal authority and Power within all their lands, as to appoint officers and judges for the hearing and determination of all manner of Controversies - "Treason onlie excepted" - and if any men or tenants were called to answer in any court other than their own circuit, they might appeal to their own judges.

In case of slaughter of a mean person, twelve marks fine - and if a Duff should kill by chance and not by pretensed malice, twenty four marks fine, and released from punishment by Duffs Privilege.

King Malcolm also commanded Duff to build a great Sanctuary in his own district of Fife, where his people could seek safety in time of need. It was called the Gurth Cross, and it stood high in the Ochill Range, near the border between Fifeshire and Strathearne.

At that time the King raised the Thanes of his Kingdom to Earldoms, and Duff was made Senior Earl of Scotland.

He was also Commander in Chief of the Royal Army, and when word was received that Lulach. Queen Gruoch's (Lady MacBeth) son, had tried to seize the crown at Scone, Duff was given full Commission in the King's name, and marching against Lulach, he encountered the rebel at the village of Essen in Bogdale, and slew him.

At the time the Norse -men had gained a foothold in Moray, and in 1087 there was another outbreak in the turbulent north. Under the leadership of Maelsnectan, son of Lulach, the insurgents of Moray, Ross and Caithness rose and slew the King's representatives and laid wait to the country.

Shaw MacDuff, second son of the Earl of Fife, was sent to investigate the trouble, and finding the rebels well equipped and strongly entrenched in a great camp at Elgin beyond the Spey River, the officer stationed himself at Braemar, where he subdued the inhabitants and awaited the arrival of the Kings army.

The Earl of Fife and his eldest son, Alexander MacDuff, accompanied King Malcolm to Monimuske, situated on Kings lands in Aberdeenshire, where they were joined by the younger MacDuff, and there were great preparations for a decisive encounter with the enemy.

The old inhabitants, descendents of the ancient picts, hated the Norse and newcomers, and these people rose and joined the King's forces.

Malcolm vowed to give Monimuske to the Church of Saint Andrew if he were victorious and a few days later they moved west toward the enemy camp. Led by Malcolm Canmore and the three Mac Duffs, the royal forces came to the Spey river where they encountered Maelsnectan and his rebels. There were several skirmishes, but at last the Moray men saw that they could not stand against the King's army, and through the good offices of certain church men the matter was arranged and the rebellion quelled.

Shaw MacDuff, younger son of the Earl of Fife, was made governor of Moray, and had his headquarters at Inverness, where Malcolm built a great new fortress.

The ancient Castle of the Thanes of Fife stood half a mile west of Culross Abbey, and not far from Saint Andrews. It was the fortress of Dunamarle, and was the place where MacBeth had slain Lady MacDuff and her helpless children.

The Earl of Fife built another stronghold, MacDuff Castle, on a sea-cliff above the waters of the Forth. It overlooked the coast line and the mountain vistas landward. Alexander, the oldest son of the great Mormaer, inherited the title and estates, and continued to be prominent on the affairs of Scotland until the time of Alexander the First.

Gillemichael, fourth Earl of Fife, witnessed the Charter of Holyrood granted by David the First, and Duncan the Sixth Earl. was one of the nobles who treated for the ransom of King William in 1174.

Duncan MacDuff, tenth Earl supported the succession of the Maid of Norway, and the Twelfth Earl signed the letter to the Pope in 1220. He also supported Alexander, the third, at the Battle of Largs when Haco and the Norsemen were defeated.

In the latter part of the thirteenth century Duncan, Earl of Fife, married the niece of Edward the First, King of England. He was Governor of Perth, and perhaps it was natural that he took the side of his wife's people. At any rate, he was on the opposite side against Robert The Bruce, and Isabell, MacDuff's sister, was married to the Earl of Buchan, a Comyn - and mortal enemy to Bruce.

However, the Countess of Buchan was a lady of spirit, and a true Scotswoman, and she officiated at Robert Bruce's Coronation, placing the Crown upon his head in accordance with hereditary right of her people. It was said that circumstance was responsible for the situation with the Earl of Fife, Isabell's brother, but when her husband, Earl of Buchan, learned that she had crowned Bruce, he wanted to kill her.

Bruce had slain Buchan's kinsmen, the Red Comyn and his Uncle, and when Isabell was later captured and displayed publicly in a cage by Edward the First, it was said that her vicious husband enjoyed her public humiliation, and tried to prevail upon Edward to kill her.

After Bruce won the War for Independence and the Scottish ladies were released, Buchan had been forced to flee England, however, and Isabell returned to her own domicile in safety.

But Robert Bruce did not take kindly to the treatment accorded the ladies, and later when the Earl of Fife and his lady fell into his hands, King Robert imprisoned them in Kildrummy Castle, Aberdeenshire, where they remained until the Earl's death in 1336.

Duncan, the next Earl, marched with the Scots against the English and was taken prisoner at Dupplin, however, and his son and successor was slain fighting gallantly against the English at Durham in 1346.

His daughter, also named Isabell, was his heiress, but dying without issue, the title went to Robert, third son of Robert the Third.

The Clan had several Cadet Chieftains, but in 1401 Robert the Third granted lands and the Barony of Muldavit to David Duff, Grandson of the last Earl of Fife, by a younger child. The title remained in the family until the time of Charles the First.

The power of the Duffs in Fifeshire had declined somewhat, but other branches had risen powerfully in the North, in Aberdeen, where many of them were prosperous merchants, and in the neighborhood of Banff and Inverness.

A later Chief, William MacDuff, of Banff, was raised to the peerage of Ireland, as Baron Braco of Kilbride, and being descended from the ancient Thanes of Fife was also created Earl of Fife, and Viscount MacDuff, in 1759. James -MacDuff, a later Chief was raised to the peerage of England in 1859, and his line continue to reside at his mansion, Duffhouse, near Banff. Alexander, sixth Earl, married Princess Louise of Wales, and created Duke of Fife in 1890.

The Clan Duff always marched with their kinsmen, the Mackintoshes of Clan Chattan, and the Shaws of Clan Quhele in time of war, and it was established that they were not only valiant on the Field of battle, but mostly continued to be conscious of and to uphold those fine ideals and traditions that had so long sustained their brilliant ancestors back in the earlier days of Scotland's history.

Other branches of the Clan were the MacKintoshes of Nairn and Iverness, also the Duffs of Monyvaird, and the Earls of Finday, Craigton, and so on.

The male line of Earls failed in 1353, and passed through an heiress until it reached the royal house of Stewart who was regent during the captivity of James I in England. In 1425 the Earldom passed to the Crown.

The direct line of the ancient House of Clan Duff has been continued in the family of Wemyss.

The Wemyss family of Fifeshire, and Aberdeenshire, who took their name from Eoin mor nah Uamh, or Great John of the Caves, a Duff who lived during part of the twelfth Century. Wemyss being a corruption of the Gaelic Uamh, meaning a cave. Below the ruins known as MacDuff s Castle, on the coast of Fife, are caves containing Pictish drawings; and these in all probability gave rise to the local place-name Wemyss. It became the surname of a cadet branch of the Royal House of Duff, descendants of Gillemichael, who was the Earl of Fife early in the 12th century. When senior male lines failed, that of Wemyss became the Chief of Scotland's senior clan, although it never reverted to the patronymic of MacDuff.

Sir Michael of Wemyss ensured the family's future prosperity by supporting the cause of Robert the Bruce. Thereafter the name multiplied in many branches. Its senior line rose to the peerage in the reign of Charles I, and again survived the hazards of the century of revolution and counter-revolution to emerge in the 18th century as the senior representatives of the ancient Earldom of Fife. But they never held the Earldom of Wemyss, and after the forty-five even the surname of the Chiefs of Clan MacDuff was changed again.

The Earl's eldest son Lord Elcho supported Prince Charles Edward, and after his attainder his Younger brother was invested with his titles. But this Earl adopted the name of Charteris when he fell heir to the fortune of his maternal grandfather.

While Charteris remains the name of Wemvss to this day, despite their descent in the male line from the House of Duff, The chiefship of Clan Duff passed to the descendants of a younger son of the fifth Earl of Fife who have not changed their name. It is they who live in the Castle of Wemyss, which was built early in the Fifteenth century to replace the older stronghold, and enjoy with the Chiefship, the Title of Wemyss of Wemyss.

The Priest of Wedale was once Tosach of the ancient Clan, and was connected with Saint Andrews, as were all the tribe of the good Duff, Thane of Fife.

Other residences of the later Earls of Fife were the Castles of Rothiemay, Balven

House of Boyd Recognizes King Duffus

"Our Royal Scottish Lineage"

--excerpted and adapted from "The Pedigree of the House of Boyd", 1904; and "The Boyd Family", Arthur S. Boyd, 1924:

DUFFUS was the 78th King of Scotland, and left a son GRIMUS, who became the 82nd king, and a daughter, who married the Thane of Lochabar and became the mother of:

BANQUO, who, under the reign of King Duncan, attained great honours, and was made Receiver of the King's revenues for the whole realm. MacBETH, being made Viceroy under his cousin King Duncan, procured the murder of the king and others of the Royal family. Among them Banquo was slain. To avoid a like fate, which threatened all his race, his son:

FLEANCE fled to North Wales, and tendered himself useful to the king of that country. He obtained as his reward, from GRYFFUDTH AP LLEWELLYN, Prince of Wales, his daughter NESTA or Mary, in marriage. By her he had a son:

WALTER who, after the death of the tyrant MacBeth, went to Scotland and was employed by King Malcolm against the rebels in Galloway. Here, by his prowess and success, he showed himself worthy of his Royal descent, and was rewarded for his services by being appointed "Seneschal", or Lord High Steward of Scotland, as Receiver of the revenues of the Realm. From this office, which descended in his family, in a direct line for five generations, came the royal name of Stewart.

ALLAN was the son of WALTER, and High Steward. He married Margaret, daughter of Fergus, Lord of Galloway, and had three sons: WALTER, ADAM, and SIMON. Of these Walter, the eldest was High Steward, and was succeeded in that office by his son Alexander, he by his son James, and he by his son, Walter, who married Robert Bruce's daughter. Their son, as Robert II, became the 100th King of Scotland, and the first of the name of Stewart. Allan's second son, Adam, is mentioned in a charter of King David 1st in 1139. His youngest son

SIMON was the progenitor of all of the family of BOYD. In the foundation charter of the Monastery of Paisley, A.D. 1161, Simon is designated: "SIMON FRATER WALTERI FILII ALLANI, DAPIFERI REGIS SCOTIAE". The Boyd family derives its descent from Simon, the third son of Alan, Lord High Chancellor of Scotland. Simon was descended from Alan of Dol who migrated from the north coast of France, after 1066 A.D. Simon was the father of

ROBERT the Fair, who on account of his complexion was named BOYT or BOYD, from the Gaelic or Celtic word BOIDH, signifying Fair or Yellow. From this came the surname Boyd, and all Boyds are descended from this Robert BOIDH. In the charter of the Monastery of Paisley he is described as nephew to Allan the High Steward. In a contract between Boyce de Eglinton and the village of Irvine, A.D. 1205 he is mentioned by the title of DOMINUS ROBERTUS BOYD. Robert died prior to the year 1240, leaving a son:

SIR ROBERT BOYD, who, in a charter of Sir John Erskine in 1282, is designated ROBERTUS DE BOYD, MILES. He was a man of great bravery, and highly distinguished himself at the battle of Largs in 1263, where King Alexander III gained a signal victory over HACO (Haakon) King of Norway, for which he was knighted, rewarded with a grant of lands in Cunningham, and granted the original Boyd Coat-of-Arms. (The Boyds having always borne the same armorial bearings as the Stewarts proves their descent from a common stock.) He died in 1270. His son:

SIR ROBERT BOYD, was one of the Scots Barons who were forced to swear fealty to King Edward I, when he overran Scotland, A.D. 1298. In the following year he joined Sir Walter Wallace and did everything a valiant man could do to relieve his country from the ignominy of a foreign yoke. He died about 1300 and was succeeded by his son:

SIR ROBERT BOYD who was a great and worthy patriot. He was one of the first to join the gallant Bruce, and continued to be the ardent and devoted friend of that monarch. The generous king rewarded his faithful services with gifts of lands, and baronies, of Kilmarnock, Bondington, Hertsham, Kilbride, Ardniel, Dalnv, and many others forfeited by John Baliol. The charters may be seen in the Public Archives, dated A.D. 1308, 1360, etc. Sir Robert died in the beginning of the reign of David Bruce and left three sons, Thomas, Allan, a brave man who was killed in the siege of Perth, in 1339, and James, mentioned in a charter 1342.

SIR THOMAS BOYD of Kilmarnock flourished in the reign of David Bruce. he had three sons, Thomas, his heir, William, ancestor of the Boyds of Badenheath, who obtained a charter from King David in 1368, and a third son Robert de Boyd, ancestor of the Boyds of Partincross in Aryshire.

SIR THOMAS BOYD, designated Dominus de Kilmarnock, had been guilty of the slaughter of Neilson of Dalrymple in feud, for which he obtained a remission from Robert, Duke of Albany, who was Governor of Scotland A.D. 1409. He married the daughter and co-heiress of Sir William Gifford, Lord of Yester, and by her had a great accession of fortune, and was a man of distinguished abilities, who made a great figure during the reign of James I, and who was one of his sureties, when he came to Scotland to concert measures for obtaining his liberty in 1421. He was also one of the hostages for ransom, in 1424. He married Jane Montgomery of the family of Androssan, and by her had Sir Thomas, his heir, and William, Abbot of Kilwinning. He died in 1432.

SIR THOMAS BOYD, Lord of Kilmarnock, succeeded his father. He had two sons, Robert, his heir, and Sir Alexander Boyd of Duncan, who was preceptor to King James III. His eldest daughter, Janet, was married to John Maxwell of Calderwood, and his second daughter, Margaret, to Alexander, Lord Montgomery. Sir Thomas had been concerned in the murder of Lord Darnley, and Sir Alexander Stewart, in revenge, murdered him at Craignaught Hall, July 9, 1439. His son:

SIR ROBERT BOYD, THE GREAT LORD KILMARNOCK, was a man of great parts, and eminent as a statesman. Towards the end of the reign of King James II, he began to make a considerable figure, and to attract much attention. His great penetration and sound judgment rendered him useful at court. His knowledge of mankind was unsurpassed by any of his time. His courtesy and affability made him a universal favorite, so that he acquired the esteem and confidence of all classes of people, as well as the favor of his Prince, by whom he was created a Baron, and called to Parliament by the name and title of LORD BOYD OF KILMARNOCK. Subsequently, by the advice of the council, the King's successor gave him letters patent, constituting him as sole Regent, and committing to him the entire keeping and safety of the King, his Royal brothers and sisters, and all the jurisdiction over all his subjects till the King should arrive at 20 years of age. The nobles present immediately promised their assistance to Lord Boyd and his brother in all their public actions, and agreed to be liable to punishment if they should fail to fulfill their promise. This stipulation and covenant the King also subscribed.

Great as his Lordship now was, he had not yet reached the summit of his glory. The honours which he had already received paved the way for still greater. Having now the sole administrations in his own hands, it was not long before he had opportunity of getting into the highest offices in the kingdom. On August 25, 1467, he was appointed Lord High Chamberlain of Scotland, and later obtained the hand of Lady Mary Stewart, the King's eldest sister, in marriage for his son:

SIR THOMAS BOYD. This young nobleman was most accomplished and his marriage and near alliance with the Crown, added to his own distinguished merit, raised him to a nearer place in the affection as well as confidence of his sovereign, by whom he was, soon after, created Earl of ARRAN. With his Royal bride he obtained many lands, and was himself esteemed the fountain from which all honours and preferments must flow. The King was declared friend and patron, a great part of the nobility on league with him, the administration of the whole government in his hands, his brother in no less esteem and favour with the King, and future greatness of his family secured by his son's marriage with the King's sister.

But what seemed to be a prop and support for the establishment of the power and greatness of this family proved to be the very means of its overthrow, by stirring up the most bitter and jealous enemies. In 1469, the Earl of Arran sailed for Denmark on a royal mission to escort the daughter of the king of Denmark back to Scotland for her marriage to the young king of Scotland. He had scarcely set out on his journey before his enemies began to plot for his ruin, and the downfall of his family. The Kennedys were powerful, and exceedingly bitter in their hostility. Every art that malice could suggest was tried to alienate the King. Every public miscarriage was laid at their door, and the Kennedys spread about reports to inflame the people against them. The King, weak, credulous, and wavering, and naturally prone to jealousy, began to be alarmed, and at length, giving way to his new counsellors, and flattered with the prospect of filling his coffers with confiscated estate of the obnoxious Lord, sacrificed not only the Earl of Arran, but all his family, to the malice and resentment of their enemies. James summoned a parliament to meet at Edinburgh on the 20th of November 1469, before which the Lord Boyd, the Earl of Arran (though in Denmark), and Sir Alexander Boyd of Duncan were peremptorily summoned to give an account of their administration, and to answer to such charges as should be brought against them. At his majesty's instance, they were indicted for high treason, found guilty by a jury of noble Lords and Barons, and condemned. The Earl of Arran, though absent--and that on the King's and public business of great importance--was, without a hearing, declared a public enemy, and all his estates confiscated.

After the downfall of the Boyds, the Barony and Lordship of Kilmarnock fell to the crown, and there continued till 1492, when the King, taking compassion on his nephew, the son of the late Earl of Arran, and out of the love which he bore to his sister, restored her son to the Barony of Kilmarnock and other lands belonging to his ancestors; also to the title of Lord Boyd. But, he dying without issue (being killed by Lord Montgomery), the Lordship returned again to the Crown; and the line was carried on by Alexander, second son of the late Lord Chamberlain, and brother to the late Earl of Arran. In a grant which he had of land in 1494, he is styled FILIUS ROBERTI, QUONDAM DOMINI.

ALEXANDER BOYD, the second son of the late Lord Chamberlain (the great Robert Boyd) had a sister married to the Earl of Angus, Chancellor to James IV. Partly through the interest of that nobleman, and partly through his own dutiful behaviour, he was, by James IV, made "Baillie" and Chamberlain of Kilmarnock for the Crown, and was restored to part of that Lordship, with a grant of the lands of Bordland. He was a great favorite of James IV, and by him advanced to many honours. He married a daughter of Sir Robert Colville of Ochiltree, and had three sons, Robert, Thomas the ancestor of the Boyds of Picton, and Adam, from whom the Boyds of Pinkhill and Trochrig are descended.

ROBERT BOYD succeeded his father and became a great favorite with King James V, whom he faithfully served, both at home and abroad, so that the King bestowed upon him the whole lordship of Kilmarnock (May 20, 1536). He also had, by a grant of the Earl of Arran (Governor of Scotland during the minority of Queen Mary) many other lands formerly belonging to his ancestors. In 1536, he was restored to the title and honours as well as the estate of Lord Boyd, and in March 1544 he was served and returned heir to his cousin James. He married Helen, daughter of Sir James Summervail of Canmethan, by whom he had Robert, and Margaret, who married Neil Montgomery of Landshan. He died in 1550.

ROBERT LORD BOYD succeeded his father, and was the fourth bearing the title. During his lifetime the family revived again. He was a nobleman of great parts, possessing in an eminent degree all of those hereditary qualities that had rendered the name of Boyd illustrious. The trouble of the times during the hapless reign of the unfortunate Queen Mary gave him sufficient opportunities of exercising his talents. His wife was Margaret, daughter and sole heiress of Sir George Colquhoun of Glins. By this marriage he made additions to his paternal inheritance; and had children: Robert, who died without issue; Thomas, who succeeded him; William, who married the heiress of Badenheath; also daughters: Giles, married to Hugh, Earl of Eglinton; Agnes, to James Colquhoun of Luss; Christiana, to Sir James Hamilton of Avendale; and Eliza, to Cunningham of Drumquhassel. His son:

THOMAS BOYD, the 5th Lord of Boyd, succeeded him, and obtained charters of many lands and Baronies between 1595 and 1599, and married Margaret, daughter of Sir Matthew Cambell of London (ancestor to the Earl of that name) by whom he had a son, Robert, who was Master of Boyd, and a daughter who married James Hamilton, Earl of Abercorn. His other children were Sir Thomas Boyd of Bedlay; Adam, who married Margaret, sister of Robert Galbraith of Kilkroich; also John Boyd Esq., a daughter married to Blair of Blair, and one to Elphinston of Blythesrood. He died in 1616, and was succeeded by his grandson.

ROBERT BOYD, 6th Lord Boyd, was served and returned heir to his father in 1612, and succeeded his grandfather in 1619. He married Christiana, daughter of Thomas Hamilton Earl of Maddington, by whom he had a son and four daughters, one of whom married Morrison of Prestonrange, one, Sinclair of Stevenston, one Scott of Marden, and one Dundas of Armiston. He died in 1622, and was succeeded by his son:

ROBERT BOYD, 7th Lord Boyd, who married a daughter of the second Earl of Wigton, and died without issue in 1640, being greatly regretted as a man of much promise. He was succeeded by his uncle:

JAMES BOYD, 8th Lord Boyd, 2nd son of Robert, Master of Boyd. He was a man of great worth and honour, and a steady supporter of the unfortunate Charles. (For this, the usurper fined him 1500 Pounds Sterling). He married Catherine, daughter of John Craik of York, by whom he had a daughter, Eva, who married Sir David Cunningham of Robertland. He died in 1654, and was succeeded by his son:

WILLIAM BOYD, 9th Lord Boyd, who gave early proofs that he inherited all the abilities and shining qualities which has rendered his ancestors so illustrious. He was esteemed a man of great wit and learning, which recommended him to the gay court of Charles II. He had been remarkedly active in the interest of that monarch's restoration, for which, and for some services to the Crown, he was, by Letters Patent, August 7, 1661, created EARL OF KILMARNOCK.

He married Lady Jane, daughter of William Cunningham, Earl of Glencairn. He died in 1622, leaving four sons and two daughters. Of the latter, one, Lady Mary, married Sir Alexander Mclean, the other, Lady Margaret, married Porterfield of Porterfield. The sons were William, Robert, Captain James, and Charles.

WILLIAM BOYD, 2nd Earl of Kilmarnock, succeeded his father (1692), and married Lettice, daughter of Thomas Boyd, Esq., an eminent merchant of Dublin, by whom he had William, his heir, and Thomas, the advocate. He survived his father but a few months, and was succeeded by his son:

WILLIAM BOYD, 3rd Earl of Kilmarnock, whose charter bears the date July 20, 1699. He married Eupheme, daughter of Lord Ross, by whom he had a son and successor. This nobleman was no less distinguished for his abilities than were his predecessors. He was a zealous member of the Parliament of Scotland, though wavering in his conduct with regard to the Union of the Crowns, and ultimately joining with those who favored that measure. In the rebellion of 1715, he was active in the service of the government. He died in 1717.

WILLIAM BOYD, 4th Earl of Kilmarnock succeeded his father when but 13 years of age. He married Lady Ann Livingstone, daughter and sole heir of James, 5th Earl of Linlithgow and Callander, by Lady Mary May (daughter of John, 12th Earl of Errol) and had sons, James, Lord Boyd, born April 20, 1725, also Charles and William. In the rebellion of 1745, in favour of the pretender, the unfortunate Earl of Kilmarnock, deviating from the principles of his illustrious ancestors, fell a sacrifice to the justice of his country. After the battle of Prestonpans he joined the rebel army, and was received with marks of esteem and distinction.

At the fatal battle of Culloden, he was taken prisoner, or surrendered himself to the King's troops, supposing them to be FitzJames Cavalry. On July 28, 1746, he was conducted to Westminster hall, where he pleaded guilty to a charge of treason, and submitted himself to His majesty's mercy and clemency. On Wednesday, July 30, he was brought into the tower to receive sentence. When asked if he had anything to say why sentence of death should not be passed upon him, he addressed himself to the Lord Chancellor, and the whole august assembly, then consisting of his peers, and delivered an eloquent speech, after which, the sentence of death was passed upon him. After this, he presented petitions to the King, and Prince of Wales, and Duke of Cumberland, wherein he set forth his family's constant attachment to the Royal interests, his father's zeal and activity in the rebellion of 1715, and also his own appearing in arms when young, under his father, and the whole tenor of his life until this occasion.

But the services of his ancestors could not satisfy the demands of justice, and, in accordance with the sentence, he was, on the 18th of August 1746, beheaded on Tower Hill, his estates and fortunes being forfeited to the Crown. This dismal catastrophe of the last Earl of Kilmarnock did not entirely extinguish the light and glory of this ancient family, for, happily, his estates were later restored to his eldest son and heir:

JAMES LORD BOYD (1726-1778), whose devotion to his sovereign led him into the army of the King to fight against his misguided father, had shed a lustre upon the name which that father had obscured. He later sold his Kilmarnock estates to his cousin, the Earl of Glencairne, and took up residence in Slains Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. In 1758 his great aunt, Mary Hall Countess of Erroll, died and left no issue. James, as grandson of the 5th Earl of Linlithgow and Margaret Hay, sister of Mary, succeeded to the title as 15th Earl of Erroll. He thereupon changed his name to Hay from Boyd. William-George Hay (1801-1846), 18th Earl of Erroll was created peer of United Kingdom as Baron Kilmarnock in 1831 after the accession of William IV to the throne of England. His descendent, Josslyn Victor Hay, 22nd Earl of Erroll was killed in Kenya, Africa, without male issue in 1941. Josslyn Hay's daughter succeeded as 23rd Countess of Errol, but not as Baron Kilmarnock, which title passes only through the male line.

GILBERT ALLAN ROWLAND BOYD, brother of the 22nd Earl of Erroll, succeeded as 6th Baron UK of Kilmarnock. He thereupon changed his name back to Boyd from Hay. Representing his niece, who as a lady was not allowed to undertake the function of Hereditary Lord High Constable of Scotland (the highest office in Scotland, ranking in that country immediately after the Blood Royal) at the Coronation of Elizabeth II, 1953, Lord Kilmarnock walked immediately in front of the Regalia holders in the procession in the Abbey. His younger son, Robin Jordan Boyd, was his page and carried the crown in the coronation procession. Under Gilbert, the Boyd family became the Boyd Clan and was honored with a new tartan designed by and for Lord Kilmarnock. His eldest son, Alastair, succeeded as the 7th Baron of Kilmarnock in 1975, and now sits in The House of Lords.

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Subject: Family Tree Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2000 18:41:36 -0000 From: "Jenny Carr" To: Hi David Glad to hear you had a good trip to Dundee and that arrangements are progressing nicely. I have booked the time off work and will be looking to book accommodation shortly. I am really looking forward to meeting everyone. I have just read the Census records which Innes has supplied (message for Innes - I dont seem to be able to e-mail you for some obscure reason- can you please contact me at my new address and they have at last shown me that both my great grandparents George and Ann Leighton had more children that I had known about, but also I had the details of my great great grandparents but had not realised this. They were Peter Duffus and Elizabeth Davidson - I got this info from George and Ann's marriage certificate. Innes' census records show that they also had several children. So my sister and I cannot possibly be the end of the line - someone out there must know something!!! The Sunday Evening News continues to be riveting reading and to finish I would like to wish everyone worldwide a Happy New year Best Wishes Jennifer Carr (Duffus)


Subject: A New Contact From London Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 00:19:07 -0000 From: "Michael Summers" To: "David Duffus" CC: "David Duffus" Dear David, My name is Michael Peter Summers. I'm a thirty-nine year old musician. I was born as Michael Peter Duffus, but due to a broken home, I never got to know my father personally. To make things worse, the family name was changed when I was a teenager, and I guess it's too late to change it back now. My father was Harold Ambrose Duffus, son of James Francis Duffus who lived in Koroit, Victoria, Australia. We are all decended from George Duffus of The Royal Artillery, who moved to Nova Scotia in the nineteenth century. I was born in Melbourne in 1960, but my mother and my sister Delphine and I all left Melbourne at the end of 1975, travelled overland (as much as practicable) and arrived in London in May 1976. Recently, I visited Australia for the first time in 24 years, and my holiday turned into a pilgrimage. I met my half brother Ronald for the first time, and met my eleven surviving first cousins from the Duffus clan. They told me about the family seat in Koroit, which I visited, and of your website, and of the re-union in July at Castle Duffus. I've just got connected to the internet. Through scanning E-mails on the Duffus website I was able to locate your E-mail address. At last! I have compiled a history of my father and his relatives. Perhaps you are interested. Please drop me a line at . It would be good to hear from you. P.S. How do I get onto the UK directory? My address is 45 Kilross Road, Feltham, Middlesex, TW14 8SB and my telephone number is 020 8893 1094. Yours sincerely, Michael


Subject: Update to Duffus NEW ZEALAND TELEPHONE DIRECTORY Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2000 13:23:50 +1300 From: "Lyall Duffus" To: "David Duffus" Hi David, I know you're busy so I'll skip the gossip this time As I've moved to Hamilton, my entry in the attached page is now out of date 

My updated details are: 15 Gallery Grove, Flagstaff, Hamilton Ph (07) 854-5543 Thanks for running a great site, it's a real asset. Regards, Lyall Name: NEW ZEALAND TELEPHONE DIRECTORY.url NEW ZEALAND TELEPHONE DIRECTORY.url Type: Internet Shortcut (application/x-unknown-content-type-InternetShortcut) Encoding: 7bit


Subject: Clan Sutherland / Duffus link Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 08:08:14 -0000 From: "Caroline" To: Dear David, Your Duffus website is excellent - it is unusual to see such amazing depth in a Clan site. We're a small Scottish company trying to make ourselves known to Clan Societies. We are building a "Scottish Links" page, with the intention of listing all the Clan Societies and other relevant sites, and would like your permission to link to your site from our "Scottish Links" page. If you are interested, we would also welcome a reciprocal link to our site at We are a commercial company - but we only make and sell products from Clan Tartan. As an example, we know one of our products will be of great interest to Clan Members - Kilts made from only 4 yds of cloth instead of the usual 8yds. We also make a Clan Plaque - which can be customized e.g. - "Duffus of Clan Sutherland". It is not our intention to send unwanted email or cause offence, so if you are interested in more details please let me know and we will email you more information on this. Best regards, Caroline the original McPlak(tm), now online at


Subject: Information requested Date: Mon, 13 Mar 00 10:35:50 -0500 From: BB Duffus To: "David Duffus" Dear David, My name is Robert Henry Duffus,son of Henry Beveridge Duffus VII, and have been receiving your e-mails for some time. A long overdue thank you. They are much appreciated as I am trying to learn more about by father's family. Pertaining to this, I would greatly appreciate any help you could provide on the following: My cousin, Helen Anderson, would like to go to the Duffus reunion this summer and, as she is not on e-mail, she would like information on how to accomplish this. I would be happy to relay any information you might have in this regard. I notice in the January newsletter a Henry Beveridge Duffus of Dundee was pictured. Since my grandfather was born in Dundee, and my father in Perth, there is a possibility that we are related. If you could suggest the best way for me to follow up on this lead you have provided, it would be appreciated. Our address is : Robert Henry Duffus 13 Sparkleberry Rd Amelia Island, Fl. Phone: 904-277-3533 Fax 904-277-1287 e-mail ""  Thank you, Bob Duffus


Subject: genealogy
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2000 22:48:26 EST
I have a question.  Awhile ago I thought that on the last day of the reunion 
there was going to be a genealogy session.  I don't see that listed now.  I
would like to do some genealogy while I am there.  What are my options to
have access to sources? Will there be opportunities to exchange info with
other Duffuses?  Will additional printed Duffus genealogical information be
available?  Is there going to be a meeting set up for those who wish to
exchange info?  Are there places I can go to find more info on our Duffus
tree?  Do you know where they are?  thanks for your time.  Doreen
Subject: David
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2000 08:45:31 EST
What is you address so that I can send you a check for the Ceilidh, and how
do you pronounce Ceilidh anyway?
Valerie Duffus Price
WEBMASTER'S RESPONSE - "CALE IG" and I'm probably doing an injustice to the Scottish pronunciation.



Subject: Re: Moray, one of Seven Pictish Earldoms
Resent-Date: Sat, 4 Mar 2000 07:42:27 -0800 (PST)
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 2000 15:42:22 +0000
From: Marian Nagahiro <>
Bill Caddell wrote
>Does anyone on the list know about or have a URL for sites on info of
>the history of Moray
I give a few URLs below, but you are opening a can of worms Bill!
Firstly the Men of Moray never considered themselves Celts in the way the
Scots or Irish Gaels were, but Picts; Macbeth made his claim for the
kingdom of Scots purely on this basis through his own mother's line & thru
the line of his wife Gruoch which is why, when he died, his stepson didn't
last a minute in the Scots-dominated climate [well, actually he lasted 5
 >Moray was a very ancient Pictish Kingdom, one of the seven Celtic
>earldoms, which was originally separate from the Kingdom of Scotland.
>Moray was ruled by its own line of Celtic Earls.  In 1130, according to
>the Gaelic Chronicles. . .
. . .remembering that the Gaelic Chronicles were deliberately altered to
create an authentic lineage as conclusive evidence for the Scots' right to
own the Pictish kingdom, not a good basis for reading Pictish chronology.
While not, to my knowledge, online, it would be well worth your
acquiring/borrowing/delving into two volume set 'Early Sources of Scottish
History AD500-1286' by AO Anderson, revised by his daughter MO Anderson
reprinted 1990 by Paul Watkins, Stamford (UK, not Stanford CA) - the Annals
are laid out as close to original as could be found, with all the
corruptions, changes & deliberate alterations explained.
Just to add to the picture - as you asked for this ;-) - many names in NE
Scotland are pre-Celtic, particularly river names;  even Burghead, the
supposed final stronghold of the Men of Moray in their attempt to hold out
against the Scots, was to Roman writers, the Latin 'Tarvedunum' - fortress
of the bulls, from an even earlier name which Celtic scholars find
difficult to claim as Celtic - always described as 'probably Pictish'.
What may be a clue to the 'sinking without trace' of the Pictish Nation is
the fact that Kings of Scots from K macAlpin onwards [including those who
were genuinely descended from Pictish princesses] actually continued to use
the Pictish system of land division, land tenure, landownership and
land-management because it was so efficient.
The term 'Mormaer'  is not easily defined, but the closest English noble
title/office to it is probably that of earl. Like earl, mormaer appears as
'comes' in Latin and from the period which interests you (12thC) was in use
as a title for the overlord who reported directly to the king.  While earls
became current in central Aberdeenshire after this period, Mormaers
continued in Moray for longer.
You should probably try accessing any material you can find on the 12thc
Book of Deer.
and see the Pictish kinglists at
Below is a start at what you asked for - hope this helps
Aberdeenshire Pictophile
bibliog   and  also
NE Placenames at
Pictish Nation
Pictish Names  or   also for medieval history:  and
and for 13/14thCC names


Subject: Lost ancestor
Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2000 19:46:07 EST
From: "Donna Steven" <>
Hi David,
Firstly, congratulations on your site - it's truly a triumph...I hope the
Duffuses of the world realise how lucky they are to have this resource! I've
been visiting the site for about 6 months now, hoping to trace my only known
Duffus ancestor, Jean, but without names of siblings or a date of death it's
proven pretty difficult.
What I do know is this:
Jean DUFFUS married a James MOR(R)ISON September 4, 1813 in Elgin. An OPR
extract that I have received from the GRO adds only that they were "both in
this parish" and "married by the Rev. Mr. William Gordon".
Unfortunately, they then appear to have relocated almost immediately to the
Glasgow area where all of their (approx. 9) children were born.
I have searched the Scots origins records (and IGI) and have only four
possibilities as to her parentage. By applying the supposed "Scottish naming
pattern" (which my ancestors appear to have all but disregarded) I can
probably narrow it down to two - one in Forres and one in Rathven. Can you
offer any suggestion as to where I might go from here? Is it likely that her
birth may not have been registered? I also understand that OPR entries held
by the GRO relate only to registrations within the Church of Scotland - Is
it known if many Duffuses were non-conformist (It would certainly explain a
lot with regard to my own life!)
I feel so sad to be facing the prospect of a dead end - Thanks to your site,
I have come to appreciate the Duffuses as being by far the most interesting
branch of my family tree and feel certain that if I can just get over this
hurdle the Duffus world will really open up to me!
(I'm not sure of the correct email for you so have sent this to a couple of
Look forward to hearing from you when you get a chance,
Cheers, Donna Steven (Sydney, Australia)


Subject: OPR's
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 10:55:21 -0000
From: "Innes Duffus" <>
To: "David Duffus" <>
I have now completed the OPR's (Marriages) for the years 1645 - 1854 for
You will note that there do not appear to have been any Duffus's around in
the early years.
Here is a copy in "Word" format.
                                        Name: OPR's (Marriages) 1645 -
   OPR's (Marriages) 1645 - 1854.doc    Type: Winword File
                                    Encoding: base64


Subject: Reunion on 1/2 July in Scotland
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 07:50:02 EST
To: (David Duffus)
Mum and Dad ( Bruce and Wendy Duffus) have just called to say that Mum is
having an operation for breast cancer on Thursday this week , and once
recovered will be going for Radiotherapy treatment. Unfortunately , this will
coincide with the event in July and she does not feel she will be up to going.
It is therefore likely that only my aunt ( Bruce's sister) and her family
who live near Buckie will be coming. Her name is Mavis Brown of Auchentae
Farmhouse, Arradoul, by Buckie, Banffshire Scotland.
Please could you send me a copy of the registration form to send to her, I
seem to have lost my original.
Mum and Dad would love to keep hearing from you - they are still not hooked
up  to the internet.
Many thanks
Jan Tierney ( nee Duffus)


Subject: parris duffus
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2000 08:20:20 EST
To: (David Duffus)
Dear David, How would I go about finding Parris Duffus.  He was with the
Coyote Hockey team in 1997.  He's a goaltender.  Then in 1998 he played with
the Cyclones.  This is from the duffuses in sports.  My son is a goaltender
for an amateur team in Chicago - the chicago freeze.  He would really like to
ask him some questions and learn some ways to get up the ladder.  I tried
finding him in the AOL white pages but with no success.  Even in Canada I
looked.  Can you direct me?  Thanks for any help!  doreen marvin
Subject: crest
   Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2000 18:15:22 -0000
   From: "Gordon" <>
     To: <>

I loved the site, it was interesting to read about some of the Duffus history. Perhaps you could tell me what the motto means "Butt sicker". I
looked for a translation but could not find one. 
Some time soon I will be starting on my own family tree, when and if I finish it I will try to sent it to you.
Keep up the good work.
         Gordon Duffus
Subject: Duffus 2000 Reunion
   Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2000 13:05:39 +0000

Dear David,

Firstly, let me introduce myself.  I am Mary Helen Bayne nee Duffus,  My brother, William John Duffus, has already registered to come to the reunion 29th June to 2nd July.  I live in London whereas my brother still lives in the North East of Scotland where we were both brought up.  John's interest in the reunion has been registered through his daughter, Julie, who alas (but good for her) is now in Australia.

Hopefully it is not too late to register my intention to go to the reunion with my husband.

I have tried to register both my husband, Jim, and myself on the Duffus website but it has not been accepted.  I don't know if this means there are problems with the website or if the registration is closed.  Perhaps you could let me know on this e-mail address.

My cousin, Alice Duffus (now Mrs Atkin), would also like to join the reunion along with her husband Peter and possibly their two children.

We would plan to join the reunion party on Friday 30th June and participate until 2nd July.  My husband, Jim, would be most interested in the Golf Tournament on the Friday afternoon.

I am sorry I haven't been in contact before but I have only recently become fully aware of all the details.  I do hope that there will be room for my party of possibly 6 (including myself and cousin, Alice, and family).

As to the actual arrangements, I am a 'wee bit' confused about the payment for the Ceilidh.  Your e-mail of 21st February seems to suggest that payment should be made when we join the reunion.  However, the registration form indicates that the money should be sent to you now.  Again, perhaps you could let me know how you want payment to be made.

Finally, some other information about me.

Home address:  59 Copse Avenue
          WEST WICKHAM
          Kent  BR4 9NN

Telephone No:  020 8777 6918

Look forward to meeting up with you,

Mary Helen
From: Jenny Carr <>
To: <>
Subject: 2000 Reunion
Date: Saturday, April 01, 2000 12:56 PM

Hi David

Just a short note

i cannot get the registration for to return so will you please accept this note a my registration for ;

2 for the cealidh on Saturday night
1 (Kevin for the golf)

If this is not ok please let me know but for your records ;

Jennifer Carr
148 Holly Road
GU12 4SG

IOU 40 for the caelidh tickets which I will settle when we arrive on the Friday.

Best wishes


PS hope that all is well and looking forward to meeting you - now just hunting for somewhere to stay!!!!!

From: David Wrede <>
To: <>
Subject: Re: registration confirmation
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2000 3:06 PM

Dear David, thanks for your note. I am sorry to be a pain but my future 
wife's name is spelt (& pronounced) ORLA (Irish) not Ola and I am C. D. H. 
Wrede (af Elima) or just David Wrede, Look forward to hearing from you soon, 
Best wishes, David.

>From: David Duffus <>
>Subject: registration confirmation
>Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2000 22:44:28 -0500
>Will try to answer your letter this weekend!

Subject: Gathering attendees and Ceilidh registration
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 11:44:52 -0800
From: "Chris Duffus" <>
To: <>
Dear David:
I just wanted to inform you that myself, my wife, Pamela Duffus, my brother,
Kevin Duffus, his wife, Lisa Duffus, and my mother, Kathleen Duffus, will
all be attending the gathering.
I have sent along the registration form (plus payment) for the Ceilidh by
snail mail in which I indicate that all five of us wish to attend, so please
add us to the list.
For your information, Kevin and I are the sons of Donald Duffus, who is the
brother of Gordon Duffus from Chester, VA.
I also just wanted to send along my thanks for your efforts on both the
website and with this gathering.  It is with great anticipation that I await
what I believe will be a special event that will be remembered fondly for
all my years.
Thanks again.
Chris Duffus
i2e Strategy, Inc.
Subject: RE: Duffus Reunion
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 15:49:53 -0000
From: Andrew Duffus <>
To: davidduffus <>
Hi David,
I thought that I would update you on my news. I have great news and I have
not so great news, the great news is that my wife Jan is pregnant (our
first), the not so great news is Jan is due on 5th July 2000. Therefore we
will not be able to join you for the Duffus reunion.
My wife and I are heading North for a few days holiday in the middle of
April 2000 and we intend to visit Duffus & Duffus castle then. Have a great
time in July.
Take care
Andy Duffus-


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