(And the Carruthers) As I research the Carruthers family in Scotland I find more and more about our Border Reivers and begin to understand just how difficult it must have been to live back then. I did come across an old book showing how some of our earlier Carruthers were quite the rascals but IContinue reading “PRIVY COUNCIL OF SCOTLAND”

The border Reivers

The Armchair Archaeologist…. This is the Hermitage Valley from Timothy Pont’s survey of Liddesdale, circa 1583. For ten years, from 1978 until 1988, my family and I lived at Dinleyhaughfoot, just above the “tower” marked as “Graistounhauch” on the map above, and I know this area well. But back in those days, there was noContinue reading “The border Reivers”


  Agnes Randolph of Dunbar, sometimes referred to as “Black Agnes” or the 4th Countess of Moray lived from 1312 to 1369. She is remembered primarily for her successful defence of Dunbar Castle against an English siege that lasted five months in 1338. The wider picture in Scotland at the time is set out in our Historical Timeline. Agnes was the daughterContinue reading “AGNES RANDOLPH OF DUNBAR”

William Wallace letter returns to Scotland

A 700-year-old letter thought to have been in the possession of William Wallace has returned to Scotland. The fragile document was held in England after it came to light in the Tower of London in the 1830s. It is now on long-term loan to the National Records of Scotland following an agreement with the NationalContinue reading “William Wallace letter returns to Scotland”

Ancient church where William Wallace was named Guardian of Scotland is uncovered in Selkirk

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have found the remains of the Borders kirk where Wallace was recognised after victory over the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. The historic event occurred after he defeated English forces at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. A ceremony took place in front of gathered nobles and clergy inContinue reading “Ancient church where William Wallace was named Guardian of Scotland is uncovered in Selkirk”


This is Carruthers country. They were lording it here from the fourteenth century, with a reputation for cross-border raiding, a predisposition that finally brought the Mouswald branch of the family to an end when Simon Carruthers was killed in action in 1548. There are fragments of the Curruthers’ fifteenth-century castle within the grounds of theContinue reading “Mouswald”

Carruthers right to a Tartan

To understand and appreciate our ability to have a definitive tartan of our own we must first understand its use by families in the borders of Scotland. The history of the use of a clan tartan by Graynes (Reiver families) is definitely not strong. The evidence suggests that if plaid was worn, it was mostContinue reading “Carruthers right to a Tartan”