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David Durie, who has had a career in the public service, was Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Gibraltar, from 2000 to 2003. Between 1995 and 2000 he was Director General for Enterprise and Regions in the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) in London, and before that he was UK Permanent Representative (ie, Deputy Ambassador) to the European Union in Brussels.

Earlier responsibilities include a varierty of posts in the DTI and its predecessor Government Departments in London, the Cabinet Office and First Secretary in Paris.

After retiring from public service he has had a number of part-time posts including, from 2004 to 2006, chairing the charity known as the Responsibility in Gambling Trust which helps problem gamblers.A member for 9 years of the National Advisory Committee on Archives, an Independent member of the Greater London Authority Standards Committee until 2012, Chairman of the Durie Family Association Vice, vice-chair of Governors of C of E Primary school. He was also a volunteer Gamesmaker during the London 2012 Olympics.

David was born in Glasgow, and was a scholar at Fettes College, Edinburgh before going on to Christ Church, Oxford. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Physics before joining the Ministry of Technology in 1966. He is a Companion of the Chartered Managemnt Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was knighted KCMG in 2003. He is also a Knight of St John (KStJ).
Western Mediterranean and Gibraltar

• Gibraltar Yesterday and Today (1 or 2 lectures as required)
• The Rock as Fortress War II and Beyond
• Brtitain's Dilemma - Gibraltar or Minorca (as British bases in the Eighteenth Century)
• The Glories of Al-Andalus (Moorish Spain)
• Visigothic Spain and the Moorish invasion
• Morocco, the Lords of the Mountains (the history and development of Morocco in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries).
• A look at the role of Governor in a modern British Overseas Territory, (both serious and light-hearted!)
• Sθte and the Canal du Midi
• The story of Port wine
The making of Italy (the Risorgimento and Italian unification)
Napoleon, the 100 Days (escape from Elba to Waterloo and after)

Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey

• The Rise and the Fall of the Ottoman Empire ( 1 or 2 lectures)
• The Ottoman Empire: Scourge of Europe
• The Black Sea - an Ottoman Lake?,
• The Doge v the Sultan (the 300 year battle for the Eastern Mediterranean)
• From Jerusalem to Clerkenwell! (The story of the Hospitaller Knights of St John)
• Byron and Greek Independence
• Naples, Nelson and Lady Hamilton
• Ragusa (Dubrovnik) Proudly independent
• The Suez Canal (his great grandfather opened in 1873 a marine engineering business to service ships using the Canal, shortly after it was opened)
The Olympic Games, Ancient and Modern including life as a volunteer Games Maker at London 2012

Northern Europe and the Baltic

• The Hanseatic League – cartel or common market?
• Nelson and the Battle of Copenhagen
• Russo-Finnish conflicts in the 20th century
• Gustavus Adolphus - Swedish Protestant hero of the Thirty Years war
• Vikings in Russia and down the Volga
• The Viking Lords of the (Scottish) Isles
• The Viking Terror
• This Sceptred Isle (the story of Britain's troubled relationship with the European Union)
• BREXIT why, what and how?

The United Kingdom

• The Viking Lords of the (Scottish) Isles also above
• The Viking Terror also above
• The Shetland Bus and Norwegian resistance in World War 2
• This Sceptred Isle (the story of Britain's troubled relationship with the European Union ) also above
• BREXIT why, what and how? also above
Mary, Queen of Scots, the Tragic Queen
• Highland Laddie (?) - the story of Bonny Prince Charlie and the 1745 uprising
• James Graham, Marquis of Montrose, romantic and royalist
• How St Patrick and St Columba spread Christianity in Ireland and Scotland
• Scottish heraldry and genealogy - an introduction (and how it differs from English and European)
• The Scottish clan and family system
• National Archives (allow the writing of history)
• A day in the life of an Olympic volunteer
Lecturing since 2012 with Discovery, Saga and Viking Ocean, so far mainly Mediterranean related but extending to N Europe. Subjects include many aspects of Gibraltar, the Ottomans, Venice, Byron and Greek independence, Nelson and Lady Hamilton,other Nelson related topics,Visigoths and Moors in Spain, the Knights Hospitaller, Canal du Midi, independent Ragusa (Dubrovnik) Hanseatic league, Vikings in Scotland, Heraldry (with particular reference to Scotland) etc, the Jacobite uprisings, Montrose and the Covenanters, sail-away talks on Istanbul, Venice, Gibraltar, current European issues.
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
Viking Star ST190711 Iconic Western Mediterranean 7 Civitavecchia (for Rome) Thursday, July 11, 2019
Viking Star ST190704 Italian Sojourn 7 Venice Thursday, July 4, 2019
Viking Star ST190627 Venice, the Adriatic & Greece 7 Piraeus (Athens) Thursday, June 27, 2019
Viking Sky SK181016 Mediterranean Odyssey 12 Barcelona Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Viking Sea SE170404 Mediterranean Odyssey 12 Venice Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Viking Sea SE170326 Empires of the Mediterranean 9 Athens (from Piraeus) Sunday, March 26, 2017