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Clan Carruthers: The Victoria Cross and James C Carruthers

The Victoria Cross is the highest decoration for valour in the British armed forces. It is awarded for extreme bravery in the face of the enemy and therefore is a highly prestigious medal, all of the recipients of which are well documented by the British Government. It was instituted in 1856 by Queen Victoria at… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: The Victoria Cross and James C Carruthers

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Clan Carruthers: The Scots and the American Indian.

Despite an ocean separating their ancestral homelands, Scottish immigrants and Native Americans encountered each other frequently on America’s wild frontier, fighting, trading and even living together. Both cultures were treated as tribal societies and driven from their lands by British authorities, aggressively seeking power and financial gain and who would later romanticise the very ways of… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: The Scots and the American Indian.

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Clan Carruthers: Order of the Scottish Samurai

Thomas Blake Glover, born in Fraserborough in Aberedeenshire, arrived in Nagasaki in 1859 aged 21, 50 years after the last Carruthers chief died and at the latter stages of the Tokugawa Shogunate.  He went on to provide technical knowledge and expertise in shipbuilding and mining. He ordered three warships from his home in Aberdeen which… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: Order of the Scottish Samurai

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Clan Carruthers: Violet Carruthers, CH.

Violet Carruthers, Companion of the Order of Honour Violet Carruthers, CH (1872 – 1959) was a writer, social reformer, campaigner, politician and administrator. In 1915, Violet Markham married Lieutenant-Colonel James Carruthers of the Royal Artillery.   She accompanied her husband to Cologne when he was stationed there as chief demobilisation officer for the British Army of the Rhine, following the… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: Violet Carruthers, CH.

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Clan Carruthers: The Tragedy of the SS James Carruthers.

The SS James Carruthers was a Canadian Great Lakes cargo-bulk carrier built in 1913. The ship was owned by the St. Lawrence & Chicago Steam and Navigation Company out of Toronto, Ontario, with the official registry number 131090. She was a steel hulled, steam propeller driven lake freighter; 550 feet in length, 58 feet wide and 27 feet deep.… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: The Tragedy of the SS James Carruthers.

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Clan Carruthers: Tartans and the 17 Unruly Border Clans

Many of our 'family' who historically have remained in the south west of Scotland for generations, are proud of that term as a collective noun of who and what we are. They see term clan simply describing those in the north and west of the country. These views are extremely valid and accurate and cannot… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: Tartans and the 17 Unruly Border Clans

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Clan Carruthers: A message from the Convenor

MESSAGE FROM THE CCSI CONVENOR Dear Clan The questions we receive from our membership are varied and in many cases relate to our history and genealogy but a few recount what others, external to our society, say and the claims they continually make. Sadly when false facts, half-truths, bizarre claims and spin are the foundation… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: A message from the Convenor

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Clan Carruthers: Carruthers and the Pipes

These days, within a Scottish clan or family, there are usually those who have embraced the musical culture of Scotland and play the bagpipes. Although not originating in Scotland, the pipes have become synonymous with and remain an important part of our identity. It was pipers who famously led Scottish regiments into battle especially so… Continue reading Clan Carruthers: Carruthers and the Pipes