People often quote the 1587 Act of the Suppression of Unruly Clans as the one which clearly mentions the Border families as clans, but there was another that names many of those same, but as surnames rather than clans. That was the 1595 Act for Punishment of Theft, Robbery, Oppression and Sorning (To Sorn; to… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: The 1595 Act for Punishment of Theft, Robbery, Oppression and Sorning
After another run on our merchandise, which again led to another weave of the Carruthers Tartan, the sashes are now back in stock. Orders previously made will be sent out this week. However, if buying one why not include a clan broach to go with it. The one to the left is the ancient rendition… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: Tartan Sashes back in stock
Although the evidence continually points to the fact that the fort of Ruthers ie Caer Rydderch, from which we take our name had no link with Rydderch Hael, there are those who have misconstrued the research as a whole and therefore whose claims simply do not add up historically. According to the work of August… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: Who was Rydderch Hael?
CARRUTHERS POPULATION IN DUMFRIESSHIRE IN THE 18TH - 19TH CENTURIES The population of Scotland was affected by both the Highland and Lowland clearances, as well as the Ulster plantations. But, according to the John Gray Centre in Scotland, historians have commented on the ‘high quality’ of early Scottish emigrants, particularly in the late 18th and… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: Howard Mathison, Geographer and the Carruthers Maps.
Although a large percentage do live here in the UK, due to circumstances both current and historical not all recognised clan Chiefs live in Scotland nor are they in fact all male. Here is a fascinating article by Alexander Irvine of Drum published in the 20th edition of the Royal Celtic Society newsletter, giving an… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: A Scottish Chief returns home.
The Curse of the Border Clans The Carruthers, along with many others, were one of the great border clans also known as Reivers, they were one of 17 listed in the Suppression of Unruly Clans Act of 1587. This Act did not suggest that those not mentioed wewre less unruly, but was a heads up… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: The Curse of the Border Reivers, still in place.
Carruthers and the descendancy from Kenneth MacAlpin, King of Scots Accuracy, tenacity and solid evidence are the bedrock of any historical research, otherwise it simply becomes hypothetical and conjecture, which in itself leads to statements that are sadly false. The questions that continually arise relates to our family and their relationship with historical figures, usually… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: Carruthers and Kenneth McAlpin (King of Scots)
As the official society, Clan Carruthers Society - International are pleased to announce that we have been listed, along side the official Clan Carruthers website and our Chief, on the website of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. https://www.clanchiefs.org.uk/chief/ Here are two pieces from their website covering ‘what is a clan’ and ‘ the search… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: Listing on the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs
Like Carrick, the family of Carruth is often misrepresented as being a derivative of Carruthers, but it seems after a little investigation, clearly this is not the case. Carruth it seems are a proud family in their own right, deemed by some to be a sept of Cunningham. My understanding is, originally hailing from Renfrewshire… Continue reading CLAN CARRUTHERS: Carruth and Carruthers, a confused connection.
There is an assumption that the Caer Ruthers (Fort of Rydderch) we take our name from was in some way associated with Rydderch Hael the Brythonic king of Strathclyde, who lived in and around the latter stages of the 6th Century. However, archaeological evidence would suggest that the 'Fort' may have been in situ at… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: Our origins, Caer ‘Rydderch’ or Caer ‘Rydderch (Hael)’ ?