Clan Carruthers, USA

CLAN CARRUTHERS: Clan Carruthers at Stone Mountain Highland Games.

The Clan Carruthers Tent

Over the weekend of October 20th – 22nd 2022, Clan Carruthers were again present at the Stone Mountain Highland Games. These members of our family proudly offered advice and information on our Border Clan’s history, culture and position in Scottish Clan society.

Carruthers of Holmains

The Carruthers tent, see above proudly displays our chief, his crest and the clan tartan and was manned by John and his son David Carothers, who also marched in the Parade of Tartans and proudly carried the clan banner. They advise us that they thoroughly enjoyed meeting other clans, members of the public and most exciting for them, members of the Carruthers clan they had never previously met.

John and David’s plan is to make this an annual event and they welcome any likeminded members of our family to come along to either support or just shoot the breeze. They’d be happy to see you, whether old friends and new and as one would expect, a warm welcome awaits. We would like to offer them our heartfelt thanks for their kind efforts and hard work, from both our Chief and the Society.

Anyone else wishing to follow suit please contact our Regional Clan Commissioner for the USA, Dana Caruthers Norton, FSA Scot, at for any advice or support you may require.

Stone Mountain Highland Games

John and David Carothers

Since 1972, the picturesque grounds of the Stone Mountain Park meadow, a short drive northeast of Atlanta, Georgia, have resounded with the sounds of bagpipes, fiddles and harps during the third weekend in October. The Stone Mountain Highland Games and Scottish Festival are in their 51st Year while each year, thousands of Scots (even those that wish to be a ‘Scot for the Day’) from around the world will don their family tartans and gather to greet old friends and make new ones too.

John and David Carruthers ready to march at the opening ceremony, seen here carrying the Carruthers tartan and badge aloft

The Stone Mountain Highland Games and Scottish Festival, is in its 51st Year. It is held in Stone Mountain Park in Georgia. is classed as one of the premier Scottish festival in the US. Stone Mountain features colourful pipe bands, Scottish Athletics, Piping and Drumming competitions, Highland dancers competing before judges of worldwide renown, Country Dancing, Scottish Harping and Fiddling. Scottish foods and drink, clan tents and vendors selling lovely goods imported from Scotland as well as the rest of the British Isles, and Celtic performers. These are all part of this traditional gathering offering a educational weekend trip to the Scottish Highlands, Lowlands and Borders. With over 90 Scottish clans and families represented, it is a site behold.

Chief of Maclaren

This year the Convenor of the Scottish Council of Standing Chiefs, Donald MacLaren of MacLaren and Achleskine, 25th Chief of the Name and Arms of MacLaren was their Guest of Honour. The Maclaren can follow his well documented lineage back 800 years and his home is situated in Kirkton, Balquhidder in Stirlingshire in the heart of the ancient dùthchas (hereditary home) of his clan.

Chief of Carruthers

Our own chief Carruthers of Holmains 22nd Chief of the Name and Arms of, Carruthers, can also trace his ancestry back to the 1100’s. As our chief, Holmains represents us on the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs, currently headed by the MacLaren, and we are well aware that Scottish clan/family heritage and culture remains firmly at the centre of both their hearts and purpose.

With this in mind, we are proud of our involvement and representation as a Border Reiver Clan and Family to all 4 corners of this beautiful planet and we thank all those good folks who work hard for us all behind the scenes.

About our members:

John and Mary with their family.

John and his wife Mary live in Hardeeville, South Carolina and David lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

David owns a security business (Stacked Arms Protection), while John and Mary are both retired from the US Army. They have three boys, Joe, Daniel and David.

John is a descendant of Carothers that came to the US who first settled in Pennsylvania and then moved to North Carolina. His father grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina and his mother grew up in Hardeeville also South Carolina.

After retiring from the military, John taught the Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) at Bluffton High School for 12 years and now does woodworking and metal work. His wife Mary still works for the US Army, overseeing Army JROTC high school programs in the Southeast of the state.  All in all, a lovely family who are all very proud of theit Carruthers heritage.

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