David Charles Irvine
26th Baron of Drum
David Irvine of Drum was born in January 1939. His father, Charles Francis Irvine was the third of five sons of Alexander Irvine, the 22nd Laird and Baron of Drum, Chief of the name Irvine of Drum, who died in 1922. Neither of the first two sons, Alexander or Quentin had any children so Charles succeeded to the Chiefship of the clan on Quentin’s death in 1975. On Charles’s death in 1992, he was succeeded by his son David Charles Irvine, as 26th Chief of the name, Irvine of Drum.
The family home, Drum Castle, which was granted to the Irvine family by the Scottish King, Robert the Bruce in 1323 as a reward for loyal service to the Scottish Crown, is unique in Scotland. It combines the original medieval keep, built in the 13th century, with a Jacobean mansion built in 1619, and a late Victorian extension to the mansion. For over 650 years it was the home of one family, the Irvines. In 1975, Drum Castle and some 400 acres of surrounding land was gifted by the family to the National Trust for Scotland, thus returning to the Scottish nation, the 1323 gift by the Crown,
David joined the British Merchant Navy in 1958 through the Cunard Line, and served on many of its famous passenger liners as a Purser for six years. His wife, Carolyn served on the original “Queen Mary” as a Physiotherapist. It was on this ship that they first met. They were married in 1964. In 1964, David entered the Banking profession and worked for one of the UK’s major banks for 27 years, retiring in 1991 to become a self-employed Business consultant.
David and Carolyn have their home on Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, some 8 miles from Drum Castle. They have three children.
- Hugh Irvine younger of Drum, aged 41, is a lawyer living in Edinburgh married to Jeya, who is a member of the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh. Hugh works as a Legal Counsel for an international company specialising in the provision of sub-sea engineering services to the Oil and Energy sector. Between them they have six children. Thomas Alexander, Hugh’s elder son is aged 15.
- Charles Irvine, aged 40 is a Conservation and Ecology graduate from the University of London and has also qualified as a lawyer in Texas, working for a major Environmental plaintiff firm in Houston. He is married to April and they live in Texas, having homes in Houston and Wimberley. April is a leading member of a successful Country music band “Sugar Bayou” as well as being a well known photo-journalist.
- Katherine Irvine aged 35, is a Sociology graduate, working for the Social work department of Aberdeenshire Council.
David’s interests include Scottish history, the history of the Irvine family, gardening, reading and golf. He is a member of the Convention of the Scottish Baronage, and sits on the Executive Committee of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs of which he is the Treasurer. David is Treasurer of “Wallace 700” a local Aberdeen initiative to honour annually, the date of the martyrdom of William Wallace
Both David & Carolyn have a long involvement in the Scouting movement, Carolyn being a holder of the Silver Acorn award, one of the UK’s highest awards for service.
David is the Treasurer of the local County Scout Association.
On their first visit to Glasgow KY in 1998, both David and Carolyn were honoured to be inducted into membership of the Kingdome of Hagar of Raknar. The Kingdome is the honoured Society this year in 2008, and they will be delighted to participate in the festivities.
David and Carolyn have been honoured guests in recent years at other Scottish Highland Games in the USA. These include Alma, MI; Loch Norman NC.; Heart of Tennessee TN, Stone Mountain GA. and Greenville SC. Since 1998, this is their third invitation to Glasgow, KY as Honoured Guests so Glasgow has a special place in their hearts because there are so many good friends met on earlier visits.