Border Towers According to Alastair Maxwell-Irving FSA, FSA Scot in his paper on Tower Houses, these defensive strong- holds came in all shapes and sizes over a period of nearly 300 years. They ranged from the great tower-house castles of the late 14th and 15th centuries to the lesser towers of the 16th century and later,… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: Mouswald Tower
The Society of Scottish Armigers (USA) Heraldry Society of Scotland As our history as a family and clan goes back into the mists of time, their are many ways to celebrate our rich heritage. Our armorial history is one way of pinpointing people and time frames as the heraldic records still exist. Therefore continuing on… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: A Strong American Link to Scotland
The relationship with Dunfermline in the Kingdom of Fife and that of the noble family of Bruce goes back in Scottish history. The family seat of Broomhall House, the home of the current and 11th Earl of Elgin, Andrew Douglas Alexander Thomas Bruce, KT CD JP DL, Chief of Bruce,. It is situated just outside… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: The Bruce and Dunfermline
As a family descended from the proud Border Reiver and Riding Families of the West March, we are known for our honesty and integrity and most importantly, also for loyalty and respect amongst ourselves as a clan and family. Sadly, as we continue with due process to have a Chief of our Name confirmed by… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: The Roll of the Peerage
Much has been bandied about with regards the Jurisdiction of the College of Arms in London and that of the Lyon Court in Edinburgh. We have touched on the Lyon Court in the past and today we look at the English equivalent: the College of Arms. Needless to say they do not interfere in the… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: The College of Arms
Carruthers and Irvings As our close neighbours and sometime allies the Irvings/Irvines, have worked, fought and lived closely with our family for many hundreds of years and like the Carruthers, were great supporters of Robert the Bruce. As is the case with many border families, marriges have occured between both of our clans e.g. In 1634… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: The Border Reiver Clan of Irving
When sleuthing in genealogical terms, accuracy is all important. The road that is followed is full of twists and turns and more importantly, dead ends. For this reason it is important that evidence is in place before assumptions are made. Here is one such detective story from Gary Carruthers - Genealogist with Clan Carruthers Society… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: Sir Thomas Randolf. A Genealogists Tale
Mary I of Scotland was from the Royal House of Stuart. She reigned over Scotland from the 14th December 1542 to 24 July 1567. Born on the 8th December 1542 at Linlithgow palace which is situated to the west of Edinburgh in Scotland to the powerful Stuart Dynasty, Mary was the only surviving child of James… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: Mary Queen of Scots
The Carolinas are now inclusive of the US states of North Carolina and South Carolina when considered collectively. They are bordered by Virginia to the north, Tennessee to the west, and Georgia to the southwest. The Atlantic Ocean acts as their eastern border. The Carolinas were once known as the Province of Carolina during the colonial period in American… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: The Clan and the Carolinas.
The earliest documented reference to a Scottish ship sailing to North America has been discovered by a local researcher at Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire Archives. Thomas Brochard, an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen, made the amazing find while he was reading a late sixteenth century Council Register when he noticed an entry… Continue reading Clan Carruthers : First Scottish Ship to America and our links with Aberdeen.