About Us


The Clan Carruthers Society, represents our family and clan worldwide and is accepted as the official society of the Carruthers by our Chief as such. We accept into out fold, all those of our name or derivations of the same to include: Carrutherses, Caruthers, Carothers, Carrothers, Carrithers, Carithers, Corruthers, Corrithers, Cruthers, Crouthers, Carruther, Creuder, Cardus, Carother, Carouthers, Carradice, Carrauthers, Carrederys, Carrodus, Carrotheris, Carrothorys, Carrothis, Carutherys, Caruthris, Carrothyris, Carruderes, Carruderis, Carruthirs, Carruthoris, Caruderis, Caruyeris, Cerrothers, Corithers, Crathers, Cridders, Curthers, Cruthers, Crowthers, Karruthers, Karruther amongst many others

About the Clan Carruthers Society:

Initiated by the Royal Charter to John 12th of Holmains in 1755 and built on the historical and genealogical tome; Records of the of the Carruthers Family, by Carruthers and Reid, 1932, which clearly showed our right to be recognised as a stand alone Border Clan and Family, the Society was officially constituted in January 2017. However the investigations, research and hours of networking had been going on since well before 2007.

blue st michael george short armsThe Society was the brainchild of our current Convenor, Dr George Carruthers from Fife, a Carruthers armiger who, with the continued support of his family and his good friend Mrs Dana Caruthers Norton of Kansas the journey, took on a momentum of its own. Dr Carruthers wished to honour his fathers memory by raising the profile of Carruthers  as a proud Border Clan and Family, by having a Chief officially confirmed by the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh. By ensuring the society was based on facts and, evidence and following the legal route, he felt that this would unify our name under the Chief’s banner for infinate generations to come.

Initially believing Carruthers of Dormont would be Chief, working closely with Mr Antony Maxwell in Edinburgh, it was proven that the Chiefly line of Holmains, still existed.

Based on the wishes of John the 12th of Holmains in 1762, that his chiefship be carried by one of his body (eg son or daughter) from his prenuptual agreement of the time and continuing with the work of Carruthers and Reid in 1932, members of the family researched the history and genealogy of the clan and family. As our first Chiefly line died out in 1548 with the death of Sir Simon Carruthers, 10th Laird and 5th Baron of Mouswald, the Chiefship was then passed to Holmains, as the senior line. The last Chief of Holmains, the 12th Laird and 8th Baron died in 1809, leaving descendants through the female line.

This progressivly led to a Clan Society being formed; Clan Carruthers Society-International (CCSI) to officially represent the Border Reiver family and Clan of Carruthers on both the home and international stage and support the confirmation of a Chief by the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh.

The groundwork of the society itself had been going on since 2007 in an attempt to bring our family together and build on the background genealogical research with a view to becoming an official clan in our own right.

Chiefs Arms mock upfallow deer v3Although a long and arduous process, our evidenced genealogical documentation regarding the heir to the Chiefly line of Carruthers of Holmains was evaluated and analysed by the Lord Lyon and on 19th of August 2019 we are proud to say:

Dr Simon Peter Carruthers if Holmains was confirmed Chief of the Name and Arms of Carruthers.

The Chief now holds the hereditary position of Honorary President of our Society and through him we are honoured to represent both the proud and ancient Scottish Border Reiver Clan and family of Carruthers and our Chief as their official Society.

Hailing from the West March of what is now Dumfriesshire (Gaelic – Siorrachd Dhù Phris), in the parish of Middlebie in the Vale of Annandale in the south west border lands of Scotland, we are proud of who and what we are.

Historically, the principal strongholds of our riding family were Mouswald (home of our last Mouswald chief), Holmains (senior in line, who took on the chiefs mantle after Mouswald), Dormont, Wormby and Rammerscales to name but a few. Carruthers as a Clan, lived and rieved in the most dangerous and violent region of the Scottish borders during a time that has been described as ‘Scotland’s Wild West’, in the area of the debatable lands of the West March.

Descended from Brythonic tribe that inhabited the area 1500 years ago, the most accepted origin of the surname of Carruthers appears to be alluding to the ancient Briton fort called Caer Rydderch or Rythyr. This hypothesis, which has stood the test of time, was promalgated by the historian George Fraser Black who asserted that this means fort of Rydderch, with Ryderch appearing to be a form of personal name. Carruthers of Dormont further suggest through family legend, “that the Carruthers family may be descendants of ColeHen, King of Cumbria (or Old King Cole as he became known) because one of his sons, Rhideris built a caer, or castle, near Ecclefechan”. This in itselves makes Carruthers a topographical name (regional) rather than patronymic (from one source), although the chiefly line of Holmains, through Mousewald, has been continuous for as far back as records have existed.

As surnames only began being used after the Norman invasion of England in 1066, this was promulgated throught the country and into Scotland by the early 12th century. The first record of Carruthers being used was recorded before the charters of lands to the House of the Carruthers of Mouswald in 1320. A William ‘of Carruthers’ was noted as having given a donation to the Abbey at Newbattle in the reign of Alexander II (1215-45).

The clan, accepted as a border family of some repute, are now officially recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, in Edinburgh and are no longer armigerous, but through the confirmation of our Chief, are now legally recognised as a ‘Noble Corporation’ and clan in our own right.

The Carruthers Arms, are not the Arms of the family but the Arms of the Chief, and as such belong to him. The use of the seraphim (Seraphim Volent Proper), being the clan crest of the chief within the belt and buckle and upon which is inscribed the Chiefs Motto (Promprus et Fidelis) shows the wearer offers fealty to the Clan Chief.

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Dr. S. Peter Carruthers of Holmains, Chief of the Name and Arms of Carruthers

Carruthers Chief’s Arms (Carruthers of Holmains):

Gules (Red), two chevrons engrailed between three fleurs de lis Or (Gold), supported by two fallow deer bucks rampant Proper.


Seraphim Volent Proper

Chiefs Motto (Holmains):

Promptus Et Fidelis (Ready and faithful)

Clan Plant Badge:

Yellow Gorse (ulex europaeus)

Clan Carruthers Society Badge


Clansmen and Clanswomen may wear the crest of the chief, enclosed in a belt and buckle upon which is inscribed the Chief’s motto (Promptus et Fidelis)


Clan Society Tartan: Carruthers (STR 11700)

This tartan has been adopted by the Chief as the official clan tartan of Carruthers and recorded and categorised by the Scottish Register of Tartans as the Carruthers Clan/Family Tartan. It is to be worn with pride, by all who pledge fealty to the clan Chief Carruthers of Holmains.


Clan Convenors Personal Tartan: Carruthers (STR 11699)

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The Society (Clan Carruthers Society International)

Objects and Aims

The objects and aims of the Society are to assist in the promotion of Clan Carruthers and the preservation of its history, relics and cultural ties.

The Society is non-commercial, apolitical and non-partisan and is open to any member of the international Carruthers family and derivatives of that name. The Clan is represented on the Clan Council by members hailing from Scotland, England, Canada, Australasia, Europe and North America. Our mission is to have Carruthers accepted as a clan in their own right through the confirmation by the Lord Lyon of a Chief. This is based on our colourful past and recorded history, having played an active part in the Border Reiver activities in the West March of the Anglo-Scottish Border for over 300 years. These days Carruthers can be found in almost every country of the world. A Chief was recognised on the 19th August 2019, by the Lyon Court:

-Dr S Peter Carruthers of Holmains, Chief of the Name and Arms of Carruthers-

Objects and Aims of the Society:

The objects and aims of the Society are fivefold:

  • To promote kinship within the family and assist in the promotion of the Clan Carruthers and the preservation of its history, relics and cultural ties through events, a clan magazine, exhibitions, exchanges, festivals, fund-raising and educational visits, etc. The Society is non-commercial, non-political and non-partisan.
  • To organise clan gatherings
  • To support clan gatherings and festivals wherever our clan is represented, internationally.
  • To set up and support regional branches of the Society internationally.
  •  Having gained Scottish Clan status through the acceptance and ratification of a Chief by the lord Lyon, we have ensured that Clan Carruthers has taken its rightful place as a legal entity in Scottish law alongside all all other Official Scottish Clans.

Why is membership and support of the Society important:

The Aim of the Society as can be seen above, is to cultivate a spirit of friendship among members of the Clan and to help them to keep in touch with one another. Many of us have left our native Scotland and dispersed into all corners of Britain and the World. The Society brings us together again to share in our common ancestry and our rich exciting history and has successfully supported our efforts to attain full clan status through a chief, ratified by the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh, Scotland, August 2019in which has allowed us to attain recognised Scottish clan status both in Scotland and Internationally.

Here is some information about membership:

1. Who may join?

Anyone who can claim ancestry of Carruthers, or one of its many spellings, may join as a full member of CCSI.

2. What if I am not a Carruthers, can I still join?

Yes, you may join and support us as a member of CCSI and gain the rights and privileges thereof.

3. What are the dues? The membership year runs from April 1st to March 31st, all rates are in £ Sterling / $ Dollars.

Current rates are:

  • £400 Life Membership
  • £35  Founding Membership

  • £25 Joining Member (UK)
  • $30 Joining Member (US/Canada)
  • £35 Joining Family Membership (UK) two children under the age of 18.
  • $40 Joining Family Membership (US/Canada) two children under the age of 18.

  • £20 Individual Annual Membership (UK)
  • $25 Individual Annual Membership (US/Canada)
  • £35 Family Annual Membership (UK)  two children under the age of 18.
  • $40 Family Annual Membership (US/Canada) two children under the age of 18.

How does my membership dues benefit the society?

We are a non-profit organization headquarterted in Scotland. Your dues go to support clan tents at games, preserving Carruthers heritage, artifacts and information, and promoting the continuation of our name, history, and familial ties.

Membership with CCSI gives you:

  • Two newsletters (Promptus et Fidelis) a year, with information related to Carruthers, the Border Reivers, Scotland and Celtic history upcoming events.
  • Membership of your regional Society
  • Signed and authenticated Society certification
  • Access to our Society Genealogists and our wealth of genealogy records specific to Carruthers. You will receive information on your genealogy and help in plugging any holes in your family tree.
  • Discounted prices on all CCSI merchandise and tartan
  • Access to CCSI events and activities when they occur, nationally and internationally.

Clan Carruthers Society International are recognised as the official Society of our family and Clan and are members of CASSOC ( Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada) and COSCA (Council of Scottish Clans and Associations) in the US, with all the benefits derived from the same.

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