I would like to inform you that
the Dinwiddie Hunting Tartan is fully registered and as with the original I
retain only commercial rights ( I hold the US copyright on both). I also hold
the copyrights to modern reproductions of paintings from the 16th century of
Dinwiddie Castle (or Dynwyddie House as it was called then). I do have a limited
number of prints of these paintings. I received the Imperial Order of the Star
of Honour of the Ethiopian Empire last year at the grade of Knight. I have
received official permission to wear this order by the US Army from which I am
retired. My arms are registered in the United States and Russia. I continue my
efforts to bring my clan back together as a family/clan organization in the
modern sense. I hold bachelor degrees from California State University
Sacramento and Excelsior College, the University of the State of New York,
SSG William Dinwiddie 1977
Annan River View
Trumpets of Dinwiddie
Both of the original paintings were by the same
artist, J. B. MacIonnais, and painted at about the same time, circa 1550. The
"Trumpets of Dynwyddie" depicts the view of the castle from the south
approaching along the old Roman road that ran up the Annan River valley. This is
the south elevation of the castle.
The circular keep at the center of the painting is
the oldest part of The castle. Note the vertical apertures in its walls over the
arched entrance for the use of a long bow. The armorial bearings of Dinwiddie
with a severed hanging head appear on the plaque over the arched entrance to the
keep. The wing on the left was added at an early date as evidenced by the
cross-shaped apertures in the walls to accommodate a cross bow. Note that the
lookout tower at the upper left corner of this addition also appears in the
second painting. The wing on the right is a later addition to the castle. This
addition was somewhat smaller than the first and had what appears to be a center
arched entrance with a vertical row of windows (barely visible) on its east
The second painting, original name unknown, depicts the view of "Dynwyddie
Castle" from the west showing the Annan River in the foreground. This is the
west elevation of the castle. The lookout tower on the upper right corner of
this earliest addition is an architectural element common to both paintings.
Note again the cross-shaped apertures in the spandrel panels below the windows
for the use of a cross bow in defense of the castle. Both additions are in the
form of the Tower Houses that were common in the West March. For a more complete
description of these Tower Houses see the book, "The Border Towers of Scotland:
Their History and Architecture" by Alastair M. T. Maxwell-Irving, 2000.
Foster W. Dunwiddie FAIA
July 27, 2004
Here some of the families honors...
I was created a Delegate of the King Kigeli
Society for my efforts in trying to expand the membership of the Society and
my efforts to help the people of Rwanda. The Secretary General, Professor
Carl Lindgren, is a Marquis.
Here is another certificate. Through my efforts
and at my request my sons William James II and Kenji Charles Richard Michael Dinwiddie were knighted by King Kigeli V of Rwanda,
also my grandsons Jeffrey Allen Rider Jr. and Micah Leif Durling. They are grand officers in the Royal Order of the Lion.
I was offered the opportunity to assist King
Kigeli V and members of his group to help Rwanda and the refugees so I opted
to do whatever I could. I firmly believe that a Constitutional Monarchy is
the most stable form of government yet formed. And prefer to encourage such
governments. Most Democratic Republics are inherently unstable after a short
period of time. The United States and the Roman Republic being the two
examples that have survived the longest by luck and/or design.
Iím now a knight of
the Royal Order of the Eagle and Tunic of Georgia (recognized by the
Republic) also a knight of the Order of Vitez of Hungary, and tonight I
was invested a Knight of the Royal Order of Saint Michael of the Wing of
Portugal. My younger son was invested in Vitez also, which is
hereditary, so my older son will inherit mine.
I already mentioned my
hereditary grand cross in the Royal order of the Lion of Rwanda in 2006.
Other titles include...
Grand Cross Order of the Lion and Baron of
Rwanda, Grand Officer Order of the Dragon of An Nam. Order of Saint
Michael of the Wing of Portugal, Order of Vitez of Hungary, Order of the
Eagle and Seamless Tunic of Jesus Christ of Georgia. I also received the
Cross of Merit from the Patriarch of Antioch of Syria in Rome. My Grand
Cross Order of the Lion of Rwanda is hereditary and will go to my
youngest daughter since my other children already have hereditary grand
New information sent in 16th September 2021
A little something to keep up with the
Dinwiddies in the last 20 years or so since our Tartans were registered
(1999,2001). I became involved with King Kigeli V of Rwanda about ten
years before he died and became a Hereditary Knight Grand Cross in the
Order of the Lion of Rwanda. Also, a Baron of Rwanda by Kigeli V and
each of my five living children became Hereditary Knights or Dames Grand
Cross in various orders of Rwanda. My sons and I became members of other
orders such as the Order of Vitez of Hungary, Order of Saint Michael of
Portugal, Order of the Eagle and Tunic of Georgia, Order of the Dragon
of An Nam. I was especially requested to attend a ceremony in Budapest
for Vitez in the last few years since I am a holder of the US Purple
Heart among other military awards. I was awarded the ARVN Medical Badge
and may be the only American to do so.
ARVN Medical Badge