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Clan Carruthers: Order of the Scottish Samurai

Thomas Blake Glover, born in Fraserborough in Aberedeenshire, arrived in Nagasaki in 1859 aged 21, 50 years after the last Carruthers chief died and at the latter stages of the Tokugawa Shogunate.  He went on to provide technical knowledge and expertise in shipbuilding and mining. He ordered three warships from his home in Aberdeen which… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: Order of the Scottish Samurai

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Clan Carruthers: Violet Carruthers, CH.

Violet Carruthers, Companion of the Order of Honour Violet Carruthers, CH (1872 – 1959) was a writer, social reformer, campaigner, politician and administrator. In 1915, Violet Markham married Lieutenant-Colonel James Carruthers of the Royal Artillery.   She accompanied her husband to Cologne when he was stationed there as chief demobilisation officer for the British Army of the Rhine, following the… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: Violet Carruthers, CH.

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Clan Carruthers: The Tragedy of the SS James Carruthers.

The SS James Carruthers was a Canadian Great Lakes cargo-bulk carrier built in 1913. The ship was owned by the St. Lawrence & Chicago Steam and Navigation Company out of Toronto, Ontario, with the official registry number 131090. She was a steel hulled, steam propeller driven lake freighter; 550 feet in length, 58 feet wide and 27 feet deep.… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: The Tragedy of the SS James Carruthers.

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Clan Carruthers: Tartans and the 17 Unruly Border Clans

Many of our 'family' who historically have remained in the south west of Scotland for generations, are proud of that term as a collective noun of who and what we are. They see term clan simply describing those in the north and west of the country. These views are extremely valid and accurate and cannot… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: Tartans and the 17 Unruly Border Clans

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Clan Carruthers: A message from the Convenor

MESSAGE FROM THE CCSI CONVENOR Dear Clan The questions we receive from our membership are varied and in many cases relate to our history and genealogy but a few recount what others, external to our society, say and the claims they continually make. Sadly when false facts, half-truths, bizarre claims and spin are the foundation… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: A message from the Convenor

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Clan Carruthers: Carruthers and the Pipes

These days, within a Scottish clan or family, there are usually those who have embraced the musical culture of Scotland and play the bagpipes. Although not originating in Scotland, the pipes have become synonymous with and remain an important part of our identity. It was pipers who famously led Scottish regiments into battle especially so… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: Carruthers and the Pipes

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Clan Carruthers: Lockerbie, 30 years on.

30 years ago, this week, on the 21st of December, 1988, Pan Am flight 103 suffered a terrorist attack when a bomb exploded at 31,000 feet, blowing out the the luggage hold, causing large sections of the plane to crash into residential areas in Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. The flight was enroute to Detroit from Frankfurt,… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: Lockerbie, 30 years on.

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Clan Carruthers: Carruthers of Isle and James Carruthers

Records suggest that the Carruthers of Isle were descendants of the chiefly line of Carruthers of Holmains. John Carruthers 7th of Holmains married in 1575, one Nicola Jardine. They had a son Charles, possibly named after John's 5th brother Charles, who was a Coronet in the mounted garrison at Threave Castle in 1585. Symon, Johns… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: Carruthers of Isle and James Carruthers