About Us


About the Clan Carruthers Society:

A fully constituted Clan Society, Clan Carruthers Society-International (CCSI) was initiated in January 2017, after advice received in 2016.  The groundwork had been going on since 2007, initially with the formation of a facebook page, to bring our family together and build on the background genealogical research with a view to becoming an official clan in our own right. The Society was therefore set up to 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.

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 has therefore been a long and arduous process, but evidenced genealogical information from the Chiefly line of Carruthers of Holmains currently lies with the Lord Lyon and we await his pleasure and decision.

Because descendents of this line exist self awarding or self appointing of a chief or chieftains at a gathering is not legally viable nor does it hold any credence in the world of Scottish Clans nor in fact amongst those who truly celebrate and respect their Scottish heritage, ancestry, society and culture.

We are therefore honoured to represent the proud and ancient Scottish Border Reiver Clan and family of Carruthers 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 habited 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 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”.

The clan, accepted as a border family of some repute, are currently  recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, in Edinburgh.  However, as the clan does not currently have a clan chief and we are following the official process to have one recognised, we are considered an armigerous clan according to Way and Squire in Scottish Clan & family Encyclopedia.

Chiefly Arms of Carruthers

The Carruthers Chiefs Coat of Arms (Carruthers of Holmains):

Gules (Red), two chevrons engrailed between three fleurs de lis Or (Gold)

 The Carruthers Motto (Holmains):

Promptus Et Fidelis (Ready and faithful)

All Scottish Arms have the motto above the Crest and our arms do not carry supporters e.g. animals etc on the side of the Arms.

Clan Carruthers 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



Clan Society Tartan:  Red Carruthers (STR 11700)

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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 Kyon 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.

Objects and Aims of the Society:

The objects and aims of the Society are threefold:
•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 a Derbhfine (clan gathering) in Scotland, in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh to welcome a new chief.
•To gain Scottish Clan status through the acceptance and ratification of a Chief by the lord Lyon, ensuring Clan Carruthers takes 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 supports our efforts to attain full clan status through a chief, ratified by the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh, Scotland in order 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 as an associate member of CCSI and gain rights and privileges thereof.

3. What are the dues? The membership year runs from April 1st to March 31st. All rates are in £Sterling.

Current rates are:

£15 to join, as an individual and £15 for a family
£15 for an Individual Annual Membership
£25 for an Annual Family Membership
(includes all dependent children up to and including 17 years of age)

How does my membership dues benefit the society?

We are a non-profit organization. Your dues go to support clan tents at games, preserving Carruthers artifacts and information, and promoting the continuation of our name, history, and familial ties while moving towards having a clan Chief recognised by the Scottish legal system and the Queens representative, the Lord Lyon.

What do I get with my membership? Membership with CCSI gives you:

Three newsletters a year with information related to Carruthers, the Border Reivers, Scotland and Celtic history.
You gain access to our Society Genealogist 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
You will receive discounted prices on all CCSI merchandise by 20%.
Access to CCSI events and activities .

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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From left to right, most Ancient (13th c) most Modern (21st c) recorded Arms of Carruthers