"We are but a wee nation but one with a rich and textured history, it’s important to me to promote a real sense of Scottishness, of belonging and to see how we can use that strength to promote ourselves and the country in the 21st century." - Dugald
Dugald Alexander Skene was born on 7 September 1982, at Perth, in Scotland. He is the second child and only son to Danus and Anne who at the time were living in Foss, rural Perthshire. During his early childhood, the family lived in different parts of the north and east of Scotland, as teaching posts of Danus dictated.
During Dugald’s teenage years, the Skenes returned to Strathmiglo where the Skenes had lived since 1683 at Pitlour, in Fife. The beautiful house there was built by the bachelor brothers Robert and Philip Skene in 1784. The family were not the 'Head of Name' of Skene: the name originated in Aberdeenshire, where the Skenes of Skene lived in the House of Skene.
The Skenes of Pitlour were however descended from Andrew Skene of Auchorie, a younger son of the Skene of Skene of the day, who moved from Aberdeenshire to Fife in about 1600. The Pitlour family knew that they were a senior branch of the family, and that there was no other landowning branch in Scotland following the death of the last of the family of Skene of Skene in Aberdeenshire in 1828.
In the early 1990s, members of the US-based Clan Skene Association contacted Danus as part of checking out who might be the head of the Clan given the demise of the direct line of the Skenes of Skene all those years ago. Investigation of family history resulted in the Lord Lyon accepting the opinion that the Skenes of Pitlour were indeed the senior surviving family of the name of Skene, and in February 1994, Danus matriculated his coat of arms as Skene of Skene.
Dugald attended secondary education at Dollar Academy before moving to Glasgow to study Building Design Engineering with Architecture and graduating from the University of Strathclyde in 2004. Following a year of professional practice, Dugald returned to the University to complete a Postgraduate degree in Integrated Building Design graduating in 2006.
Later that year on his 24th birthday, he met his future wife Jennifer, who was completing a Mathematics and Business degree before becoming a Secondary Mathematics teacher. Dugald and Jennifer lived and worked in Glasgow whilst Jennifer completed her studies.
In 2007 Dugald fulfilled a lifelong ambition of travelling around the world, completing 10 months of travel through 17 countries from the USA to Russia. Dugald was joined by Jennifer for over 2 months where they travelled through South East Asia together from Bali to Vietnam.
2010 saw the engagement of Dugald and Jennifer and their subsequent marriage in October 2011 on the banks of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. Following their wedding the couple moved to Musselburgh, East Lothian upon securing jobs in the capital city of Edinburgh.
In January 2013 Dugald and Jennifer welcomed Maggie Isobel Skene, their daughter and first born, into the world.
During the course of 2014 Dugald realised a professional ambition by starting his own architectural practice, DS Architecture. The business continues to grow from strength to strength, completing projects all over Scotland.
In August 2016 Danus George Moncreiff Skene, Chief of the Clan Skene, passed away in London. He continues to be a huge loss to the family and the wider clan. As nominated heir, Dugald assumes succession to Chief of the Clan Skene.