Michael the Archangel, by Guido Reni, Santa Maria della Comcezione, Rome, 1636 The use of St Michael in heraldry and beyond is not new, while the depiction of the archangel fighting Lucifer, often depicted as a beast or dragon, is well known in religious art. St Michael is venerated not only throughout the Christian world… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: The Archangel St Michael and links with Carruthers
HOLMAINS To understand the Chief's line, we need to understand how we got from Carruthers of Carruthers, which our records show date back to before the early 1200's, through Carruthers of Mouswald, which began in 1320 and onto Carruthers of Holmains. The latter of course was seeded through a charter from King David II of… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: The House of Holmains – Our Chiefly line
To the left are the arms of the Federation of Clan Campbell Societies, registered with and granted by, the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh. The question is, what do the Campbells from Argyll have to do with the Carruthers of Annadale. Interestingly, very little but all will come clearer when you read on. Based on the… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: Scottish Carruthers Heraldry; a lesson in history.
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.
Every now and then our research picks up a gem of information, today we would like to share such a piece with you. In November 1965, arms were matriculated by the Reverend Arthur Stanley Carruthers FSA Scot, co-author of the book, Records of the Carruthers Family with RC Reid. This matriculation showed that he was… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: Another living Carruthers Armiger discovered.
Dr Simon Peter Carruthers of Holmains, is Chief of Carruthers. his parents, Charles and Molly were married in St Jude's Church, South Kensington in London in 1951 and while working for a British tea company in India in 1954, their only child Simon Peter was born. After returning home to the UK with his family… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: Interview with the Chief, by Clan MacEwen
The Unicorn According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica, the Unicorn was a mythological animal resembling a horse or a goat with a single horn on its forehead. The unicorn appeared in early Mesopotamian artworks, and it also was referred to in the ancient myths of India and China. The earliest description in Greek literature of a… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: The Unicorn, Scotland and the Scottish Monarchy
This excellent piece is taken from the "Claymore", the Journal of the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations from July 2020, of which Clan Carruthers Society-International is a full member. Although looked at from a highland clan perspective, this excellent piece may help to answer many of your questions. Carruthers were known supporters of the… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: Do Clans, Chiefs and Coats of Arms still matter today?
After the Society's inception in 2017, our Clan Commissioner for the USA, Dana Caruthers Norton advised us that the Council Of Scottish Clans & Associations was the premier clan organisation to be in membership of in the US. She discussed her plans with us and enrolled us into this organisation. We are proud to be… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: Article in the COSCA Claymore