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Bertie, D. M.
Arms: Per fess Azure and Gules, a fess Argent between two lozenges Argent

SOURCE/NOTES & CREDITS: Illustration for background, blazon and some text from the Heraldry Society of Scotland Members Arms; Additional text is from Dr. Bertie’s book biography from “The Heraldry of the Bishops of Scotland” published by the Heraldry Society of Scotland in 2018, personal information supplied by the armiger and some information from “Tak Tent”, No. 91.

Dr. David Martin Bertie was brought up in eastern Perthshire, educated at Harris Academy, Dundee, and studied geology at Glasgow University, graduating in 1974. He gained his doctorate at Reading University in 1979 for studies into the Neoglaciation of the Arctic Circle area of Scandinavia.

Dr. Bertie, a Scottish gentleman, was granted arms by Lord Lyon Sir Malcolm Innes of Edingight, KCVO on 16 Feb 1984, and entered into vol. 65, folio 97 of the “Public Register Of All Arms and Bearing in Scotland”.

He worked at Wolverhampton Polytechnic and then in Norway in the oil industry with the Geophysical Company of Norway in Stavanger. In 1985 he moved from the oil industry to the museum world when he joined North East Fife District Museum Service. The following year he became a curator with North East Scotland Museum Service and was based at the Arbuthnot Museum in Peterhead for nineteen years. In 2005 he was transferred to the new HQ of Aberdeenshire Museums Service at Mintlaw where he was the curatorial officer in charge of documentation and conservation.

Since his retirement in 2013 he has been the Diocesan Archivist for the Diocese of Brechin and an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Dundee and has been researching ecclesiastical heraldry and church history. In 2021 Dr. Bertie was honoured by Queen Elizabeth II as one of 95 recipients of Royal Maundy, in his case for his services to the Scottish Episcopal Church.

As an author Dr. Bertie has written: “Scottish Episcopal Clergy 1689-2000” in 2000 (now the standard reference work on Scottish Episcopal clergy), “John Skinner: Collected Poems” in 2005, plus the monumental “The Heraldry of the Bishops of Scotland” in 2018, and now in 2021 “The Heraldry of the Ecclesiastical Deans of Scotland”.

The artwork is an interpretation by John Hamilton Gaylor.

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