The son of James Duff was baptised on 16 March 1754 at Fordyce, Banff, Scotland,
On 9 April 1787 at Redmarshall, Durham Major Duff of the 26th Regiment married Miss Skelly, of Yarm, daughter of the late Gordon Skelly esq, Captain in the Navy.
William Duff, major in the 26th foot, died on 5 July 1795 at Fulford near York. He has a memorial in the Duff House Mausoleum at Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The inscription reads:
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