David Durie

Sir David Robert Campbell Durie, KCMG (born 21 August 1944)[1] is a retired British civil servant, whose last major public appointment was as Governor of Gibraltar.

Sir David Durie

Governor of Gibraltar
In office
5 April 2000  16 May 2003
MonarchElizabeth II
Chief MinisterPeter Caruana
Preceded bySir Richard Luce
Succeeded bySir Francis Richards
Personal details
Born (1944-08-21) 21 August 1944
Glasgow, Scotland
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Viceregal styles of
David Durie
Reference styleHis Excellency
Spoken styleYour Excellency

Early life

Born into a family with a military tradition, Durie grew up in Scotland.[2] Together with his twin brother Ian (1944–2005) Durie was educated at Fettes College.[3][4] He read Natural Sciences at the University of Oxford.[4]


Durie joined the Ministry of Technology in 1966 before going on to work in various posts at the OECD, the Cabinet Office and the Department of Trade and Industry. In 1991 be became Minister and Deputy UK Permanent Representative to the European Community in Brussels and in 1995 he returned to the Department of Trade and Industry before leaving the Home Civil Service in 2000.[5]

He served as Governor of Gibraltar from 2000 to 2003.[6]

He is currently Vice Chairman of the Governors of The Queen's School, Kew.[7]

Personal life

Durie lives in Kew, London.[8] He is married to Susan (née Weller),[8] and has three daughters.[8]

Honours and awards

Durie was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 1995 New Year Honours,[9] and promoted to a Knight Commander of the same Order (KCMG) in the 2003 New Year Honours.[10] He was appointed a Knight of the Venerable Order of St. John (KStJ) in 2000.[11] Durie was also invested as Knight Commander of the Royal Order of Francis I (KCFO) by Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro (then Duke of Calabria) in 2003.[12]


  1. Richards, Nigel (18 May 2005). "Maj-Gen The Rev Ian Durie". The Independent. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  2. "Major-General the Reverend Ian Durie CBE". The Scotsman. 2 May 2005. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  3. "Major-General the Rev Ian Durie". The Daily Telegraph. 27 April 2005. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  4. "Sir David Durie KCMG". Fettes People. Fettes College. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  5. The International Who's Who 2004, Europa Publications, 2003, page 466
  6. Archer, Edward G. (2006). Gibraltar, Identity and Empire. Routledge. p. 73. ISBN 978-0-415-34796-9.
  7. "Governors". About Us. The Queen's School, Kew. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  8. "Sir David Durie". History & Today. The Durie Family. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  9. "No. 53893". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1994. p. 3.
  10. "No. 56797". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2002. p. 3.
  11. "No. L-55834-1001". The London Gazette. 28 April 2000. p. 0.
  12. Constantinian Order 2003 – Investiture of Durie, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, and others – Constantinian Order at Youtube
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Richard Luce
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Sir Francis Richards
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