For over thirty years Duncan worked with people from all walks of life; he was a humanist without a label. Having retired from his profession he accepted an opportunity in 2007 to train as a Humanist Celebrant. Duncan has to date conducted over 1000 humanist ceremonies throughout Scotland. He takes great care and pride in his work and has very many lovely letters and testimonials from people from all over the world, some of which can be read below. Having been a founding member of the Humanist Fellowship of Scotland; from December 2012 to August 2016 Duncan held the position of Chairman / Secretary. The Fellowship support a diversity of registered charities concerned with humanist and humanitarian purposes throughout Scotland and elsewhere. Duncan very much looks forward to continuing his work as a Humanist Celebrant within the Fellowship and to travel to a diversity of locations throughout Scotland for the purposes of the promotion of the principles and practice of Humanism which includes solemnizing Humanist Marriages. Duncan is Edinburgh based and can be contacted almost anytime at either 0131 6721107 or Mob: 07918034017, by email at duncan @ hfofs.co.uk or by using our website contact page.
What people have said about my weddings
Olivia and Douglas – Cottiers, Glasgow 16th October 2016
We just wanted to say a huge thank you for being our celebrant. You helped us to put together a ceremony that touched our hearts, as well as all our family and friends that were present. We had so many people coming up to us afterwards, some who had never been to a humanist ceremony, saying how much they had enjoyed it. We also loved the little message that you put into our bucket!
Olivia and Douglas
Sherrin & Christopher (Garvock Hotel 13th August 2016)
Chris and I just wanted to say a huge thank you for being our celebrant on our wedding day. You made me feel so at ease (not an easy task) and the ceremony was all we hoped for, and more! I can’t recommend you highly enough for all of your help on the lead up to the wedding and for your support on the day. Everyone we have spoken to following the wedding speaks so highly of how you delivered the ceremony and how we managed to keep the right balance of solemnity, romance and light-heartedness!
Again, thank you sooo much and we hope that you enjoyed the ceremony as much as we did!
All the best for the future,
Mr and Mrs Woods
Jayne & Olly (Dundas Castle 5th March 2016)
We have just returned from our honeymoon in the French Alps and wanted to drop you a note to say a massive thank you for being such a special part of our wedding celebrations last weekend.
Thanks for all your guidance and support in the lead up to our wedding, and for helping us to plan our perfect ceremony with a balance of sincerity, romance and humour. We thoroughly enjoyed our wedding ceremony, and you were an incredibly reassuring presence in what was a very exciting and emotional time for us both. We have received so many compliments from guests describing the ceremony as the best and most personal they have experienced.
Jayne & Olly
Paul & Catherine (20th Feb 2016 Signet Library)
Dear Duncan, Weddings can often feel like they are more about food, dancing and speeches than anything else. It was very important to us both that the ceremony was something that people would remember and was something that meant we started married life in the most fitting way possible. We both feel it had a blend of romance, solemnity and humour; in short it was more perfect for us than either of us imagined possible. This was thanks to you. For your support, advice and charm. We shall be forever grateful for the integral role you played in our special day – thank you so much.
Paul and Catherine Stretton
Tanja & Duncan – Carberry Tower
We wanted to thank you for the incredible job you did on the day. It was for me the most amazing ceremony I have ever witnessed and I am so happy that it was our ceremony. All of our guests have been extremely complimentary about the ceremony and said that it was one of their favorite parts of the day. There were tears and laughter for all and we can’t wait to see the video and watch it all over again! Duncan and I couldn’t be happier!! It was certainly the best way to start off our married adventure together. Thank you for helping to make our day so special.
We wish you all the best.
Tanja & Duncan
Robert & Marie
Good Morning Duncan,
Just a little note to say a HUGE THANK YOU for doing our service on Sunday. We couldn’t have asked for it to go any better! You had everyone at ease (especially me!). Many of the guests had never been to a humanist ceremony before and the compliments you received were……..well what can we say…….exceptional!! One couple mentioned it more than five times throughout the day, and each time with more and more enthusiasm which included shaking of the head, so we knew they blown away. I could go on and on, but all in all we knew we had made the perfect choice in choosing yourself to do our service and the guests just confirmed it.
Thank you again Duncan and may you continue to conduct many more marriages just like ours and make each one feel as special and individual as we did on ours.
The new Mr & Mrs Fraser
Natalie and David – Dundas Castle
We cannot thank you enough for being such an integral part of our wedding day! We loved every second of the ceremony and the way you conducted it was AMAZING!!!
So many of our guests commented on how great you and the ceremony were and how personal it was. Most of them had never been to a humanist wedding before and thought it was perfect.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Duncan it wouldn’t have been the same without you and we would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone!
Natalie and David x
George & Marie at Mansfield Traquair
George and Marie – Mansfield Traquair
What a wonderful day it was. George and Marie incorporated a candle lighting and a hand fasting into their ceremony. As you can see Mansfield Traquair was resplendently illuminated for their first dance.
Dear Duncan Thank you so much for playing such a key role on our special day. Your advice and guidance was invaluable to make the ceremony our own. It was exactly what we wanted. Lots of love Marie and George
Su and Ernest – Floors Castle
We really appreciate that you’ve sent this file so quickly to us on our wedding day. We were able to share a very nice moment going through the ceremony together again, using this document, and explaining to each other what was going through our minds or sharing funny things we noticed throughout…which really is a gift in itself 🙂
Thank you so, so very much for all your dedication to our ceremony. It has been an absolute pleasure creating the happiest day of our lives together and with you.
Lauren and Gareth – Marine Hotel North Berwick
Gareth and I just wanted to say thanks for all you help with the wedding ceremony and for making everything go so smoothly. I was so nervous before the wedding but when I met you outside the room you totally put me at ease.
Most of the guests had never been to a humanist wedding ceremony before and so many people came up to us during the wedding to say that it was the nicest ceremony that they have ever been too. The said it was lovely to attend a ceremony that was so personal but fun at the same time. The guests said that the highlight of the ceremony was the hand fasting as they didn’t realise that is where tying the knot originated.
Becca and Rowan – Wedderburn Castle
We thank you so much for the wonderfully warm, and personal ceremony which you conducted for Becca and Rowan on Saturday. We found it very moving and perfectly pitched. We know that Becca and Rowan found it perfect too, and many of the guests also commented in the same vein. Your good natured calm and hanky were very welcome too!!
Very best wishes and thank you again. We can’t imagine a more perfect ceremony!
Penny and Steve (Parents of the Bride)
James and Nicola – A two centre wedding Pease Bay Scotland and Marshall Meadows in England
Well it is 8 weeks tomorrow since that wonderful day down at Pease Bay followed by the ceremony at Marshall Meadows. The whole day is still talked about when we meet family and friends who were at the day.
In particular the ceremony lead by you is top of the conversation list. Everyone comments on the wonderful personal touch that you included, they all feel they know us much better now than before. I think there was a very nice mixture of both laughter and tears for all the right reasons especially with the 3 reasons from each of us. Jim was so sincere in his reasons that certainly brought a tear to my eye.
We just loved the whole experience, some wonderful memories. Sheena from Canada sent me a very short video version of the hand fasting which was lovely and made us wish we had the ceremony on video at Marshall Meadows as the snap shot really made us smile.
Andrew & Angela – Glencorse Old Kirk
Now that the dust has settled, Angela and I wanted to thank you so much for conducting our Humanist Ceremony at Glencorse last Saturday. We cannot tell you how many people independently came up to us on the day (and afterwards!) to mention how much they enjoyed the service and how great you were! People said it was categorically the best service they had ever been at. You really made our day extra special.
Andrew and Louise – Dundas Castle
I wanted to drop you a note to say a big thank you for being our celebrant. Many people said that the ceremony, whilst relaxed and occasionally light hearted, was one of the most beautiful and personal that they had seen. More importantly (I guess), Louise and I thought it was fantastic and it was exactly what we wanted. The whole day was brilliant and the ceremony was the perfect start.
Rich and Jo – South Queensferry after the Loony Dook
Thank you so much for officiating our wedding (and for your incredibly kind Cancer Research UK donations)! We were so pleased with how it went. Everyone we chatted to said it was amazing and your voice carried so well hat the whole crowd could hear (as you can see in the photo)! You also thought of everything–the ribbon was perfect for the bouquet, your hip flask (!) the way you so effortlessly found the rings in your pocket… We were just thrilled with it all. We can’t thank you enough, so please do feel free to use us as a testimonial anytime. I am sending you a link to our photos so please do make use of the Loony Dook ones. I am also sending you a link to the photos from the party the next day, just so you can see that we scrub up okay as well!
You made our day that bit more special and we loved every minute of it (even the swim!). Thank you so very very much.
Sara and Iain – Dundas Castle
We have just returned to London after a wonderful honeymoon in the highlands and want to take a moment to thank you for the wonderful wedding ceremony at Dundas Castle two weeks ago. It was an amazing day and the ceremony was the foundation of the whole event. All of our guests were amazed at how personal and thoughtful the ceremony was. Many thanks!
Ian and Emilie – Dirleton Castle
Well we are finally back to normality (whatever that may be!) and I realised I never thanked you for the beautiful ceremony at our wedding last month. The whole day was perfect and without a hitch, it just went by too quickly!
Just a quick note from me to add to that from my Father to say thank you so much for such a lovely service on Thursday. It was GREAT and we all feel better as a result. As someone said ‘it almost did her justice’ – high praise indeed given you had never experienced the ‘Jean Jones factor’ – but you definitely captured her essence in the eulogy. Many thanks indeed.
Just a follow up from yesterday to thank you for what was a memorable day; the positive responses from everyone who attended were something I wanted to pass on to you. One or two people who never knew my dad, but were there out of respect for me, commented on how thanks to your lovely eulogy, how they left feeling like they somehow could relate to Joe and even picture him. This I believe was down to your easy going manner and the skilful way you delivered your words. My mum and I would once again just like to thank you for everything you did for us.