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Bertie
Dr David Martin Bertie

Arms: per fess Azure and Gules, a fess Argent between two lozenges of the Last.

Crest: a cross of four lozenges abouté Argent.

Motto: PERSEVERE

Granted: The Court of the Lord Lyon, 16th February 1984. Lyon Register, volume 65, folio 97.


This was the first grant of arms in Scotland to the surname of Bertie and so the arms are starkly simple. The Azure and Gules tinctures denote my associations with the City of Dundee (my birthplace) and with the University of Reading (which institution awarded my Doctorate). The lozenges, in suggesting crystal structure, refer to my original profession of geologist.

Bertie is one of the rarer Scottish surnames and has its origins in the Brechin-Montrose area of Angus. The earliest Old Parish Register entries come from the parish of Dun in the early seventeenth century and wills date back to 1600 in this area. By the end of the nineteenth century Dundee had become the main location of the surname. Even today the surname of Bertie remains uncommon and quite localised, most members living in the Dundee area, and few being found outside Angus.

The Scottish Bertie family has no known association with the English Bertie family (who use battering rams in their arms).
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