General idea of the Feudal System In Feudal Scotland, as in any other part of Europe where feudalism was the dominant social system, the Scottish Monarch owned all the lands of the country in which he reigned. Nobility and Lairds, and included the 'Feudal Barony' of which Carruthers of Mouswald and Holmains were included, held… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: Surnames living on the feudal lands of John Maxwell, the Earl of Morton (1587).
The Kings and Queens od Scotland by Timothy Venning As a society, we are always intrigued by the claims made about our Carruthers ancestry especially our claimed relationship to Scottish Royalty, and beyond that to Irish and Norse royalty. It seems that there is no one of substance that isnt a Carruthers these days. Firstly… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: My Carruthers DNA says I’m Scottish royalty?
Going up into Scotland for the first time was a trip that one of our members had looked forward to for many years. This is a travelogue, written by Matthew Carruthers, who has written for us before on the connection between Welsh and the ancient Brythonic language from which our name derives. This time it… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: From South Wales to Scotland, a trip of a lifetime.
The Chiefly Arms of Carruthers were first registered after the passing of the 1672 Lyon King of Arms Act by King Charles II and the then Scottish Parliament. Although Royal Heralds existed as far back as the times of Robert the Bruce and beyond, which is supported it seems in a letter dated 1315 in… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: Carruthers and the Lyon King of Arms Act of 1672
Fallow deer photographed in Dumfriesshire, reproduced with permission. The supporters granted by the Lord Lyon to our chief are two fallow deer bucks rampant, but why were they granted and what do they represent. Below is the latest rendition of the Chiefs arms by a well known heraldic artist who was formally employed at the… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: Latest Rendition of the Chief’s Arms and the fallow deer.
Charteris It is with both embarrassment great sadness that we once again have to address the silly claims being made to suggest that everyone and their uncle is a Carruthers. This seems to include the surnames Carruth, Carrick and Charteris and most famous people in history. One can therefore only put it down to bad… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: Is Charteris a variation of Carruthers?
Official Carruthers Tartan USA kilts have now listed and will supply the official Carruthers tartan. We genuinely thank them for all their assistance and advice on this matter and although the tartan is available to all tartan outlets world-wide directly from our weavers, the House of Edgar, we suggest that USA kilts be the first… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: USA Kilts, lists and supplies official Carruthers tartan.
The Battle of Lochmaben Fair (22nd July 1484, Battle of Lochmaben Fair) The Battle of Lochmaben Fair took place on the 22nd July 1484, in the small burgh of Lochmaben, in Dumfriesshire, southwest Scotland. The 'Rebels' were led by James, the 9th Earl of Douglas and Alexander Stewart, Duke of Albany. Their force was made… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: Battle of Lochmaben Fair
"Flower of Scotland " (Scotland's unofficial National Anthem) O' flower of Scotland When will we see Your like again That fought and died for Your wee bit hill and glen And stood against him Proud Edward's army And sent him homeward Tae think again Below is an excellent piece, posted on December 1st. 2020, on… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: Scottish, a proud cultural identity
Arms of the town of Annan Much has been written about our family, our history as Border Reivers and our place in Scottish society and culture, but what about Annandale where it all began and of which holds a special place in the hearts of all Carruthers worldwide. The attached YouTube videos reflecting a Road… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: Annandale, lands of our ancestors.