The Clan and Family Carruthers – at a glance
Chief’s Arms: Gules two chevrons engrailed, between three fleurs de lis Or.
Crest: A seraphim volant Proper
Motto: Promptus et Fidelis (ready and faithful)
Badge: Gorse (Ulex europaeus)
Lands: Western Scottish Borders
Origin of Name: Topographical – from the Brythonic, Caer Rydderch (fort of Ruthers)
Clan Chief: Peter Carruthers of Holmains, Chief of the Name and Arms of Carruthers
Clan Crest Badge
Crest Badge: Seraphim Volant Proper, encircled by a belt and buckle on which is inscribed to Chiefs Motto: Promptus et Fidelis. The Seraphim is the crest of the Chief’s Arms.
The belt and buckle indicate the clansman’s adherence to the Clan Chief. It is not the personal crest of the bearer.
The seraphim on the chief’s crest always follow the religious and heraldic depictions of the same, that being: six wings, the two uppermost and lowermost, crossed in saltire, the middle pair extended as in flight. In the centre sits an angelic face.
Until 2017, no tartan was registered against the name Carruthers. Prior to a Chief being confirmed in 2019 Carruthers was seen as a sept of Bruce and as such wore their tartan. Two tartans are registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans, a Scottish Government agency based in Edinburgh as part of the National Records of Scotland. The first carries the Registers code STR 11700 (Red Carruthers), which is the official clan/family tartan of Carruthers, recognised by the Chief. The second is the Carruthers Blue, STR 11699, which is a personal tartan.
Chiefly line of the clan and family of Carruthers, began in 1320 with Thomas 1st of the House of Mouswald although there is evidence of three generations prior to this, dating back to the early to mid 1200’s.
The House of Mouswald became extinct in 1548 on the death of Sir Simon of Mouswald, and the chiefly line was passed to the next senior house of Holmains and John the 5th of that line.
The Chiefship under Holmains sat dormant from the death of John 12th of Holmains and 8th Baron in 1809 and was reclaimed by petition in 2017 and confirmed by the Lord Lyon in 2019.
The current Chief is a direct descendent going back to 1320 and beyond and the 4 x Great Grandson of John 12th of Holmains and 8th Baron. This makes Peter Carruthers of Holmains, 19th in the line of Carruthers Chiefs.
Black on the tree are the chiefs, Blue was prior to the Chiefship being passed to Holmains.