Near the confluence of the rivers of Ewes and Esk stand the forlorn remains of Langholm Castle. Confluence-of-the-Rivers-of-Ewes-and-Esk-at-Langholm Today there is little to be seen. The south wall of a tower still stands to six metres high and smaller remains of the east and west walls. But walk the ground and its obvious that theContinue reading “Border-Reivers-Langholm-Castle”


Richard Lowther was born about 1530. His date of birth is often given as 1529,1530 or 1532. He died in 1607 and is interred in the Lowther Church Mausoleum in what is now Lowther Park near Penrith, Cumbria, England.                               The-Tomb-of-Sir-Richard-LowtherContinue reading “Border-Reivers-Sir-Richard-Lowther”


Lyne Church occupies the brow of a small, pronounced ridge a hundred yards north of the A72 at a point a little under five miles west of Peebles. Access is along an extremely minor road that leaves the A72 a little to the west of the church and encounters a locked gate where it begins to curveContinue reading “‘LYNE KIRK’…. NOT LYNE KIRKLAND”

Kerr, Washington Caruthers

  Washington Caruthers Kerr, geologist, was born in eastern Guilford County in the Alamance Creek–Alamance Church region. His Scotch-Irish parents were William M. Kerr, a small farmer, and Euphence B. Doak, who reportedly possessed unusual mechanical talent. When “W. C.” was a small child, the family moved to the Haw River area in western Orange County, which inContinue reading “Kerr, Washington Caruthers”

Thomas Carruthers (abt. 1810 – 1883) Thomas was born in 1810 in Dumfries, Scotland. It is unclear who his parents were. Perhaps John Carruthers and Mary Bell. However, on Familysearch, a Thomas who was supposedly the son of the above is shown with a different wife and many children. At this time (June 2019), Thomas’s origins haven’t been resolved. However,Continue reading “Thomas Carruthers (abt. 1810 – 1883)”

Stuart and Jane Carruthers

  Stuart Carruthers was born on October 11, 1870, in Finch, Ontario.  His father Andrew William Carruthers was 54 and his mother the former Jean Steven was 37. He was 6th born in a family of eight which included my great grandmother Margaret.  Stuart can be found on the 1871, 1881 and 1891 census of Canada living with his familyContinue reading “Stuart and Jane Carruthers”

Winnipeg’s connection to the Spirit of ’76

Written by: Danielle Da Silva Community journalist — The Sou’wester It’s an iconic American image of patriotism and victory and has been reproduced in ways too many to count. Archibald Willard’s painting Spirit of ’76 is celebrated by our neighbors to the south but it also has a close connection to Winnipeg. DANIELLE DA SILVA – SOU’WESTERContinue reading “Winnipeg’s connection to the Spirit of ’76”

New Jersey Colony

  The New Jersey Colony The New Jersey Colony was one of the original 13 colonies located on the Atlantic coast of North America. The original 13 colonies were divided into three geographic areas consisting of the New England, Middle and Southern colonies. The New Jersey Colony was classified as one of the Middle Colonies.Continue reading “New Jersey Colony”

Clan Carruthers: The Battle of Arkinholm (Langholm)

October 7, 2018Clan Carruthers The Battle of Erkinholme was fought on the 1st of May, 1455. Red Douglas. Black Douglas (Supporters of James II) (Rebel forces) George Douglas Archibald Douglas, 4th Earl of Angus Earl of Moray Hugh Douglas Laird of Johnston. Earl of Ormonde John Douglas Lord of Balvenie The Battle of Erkinholme isContinue reading “Clan Carruthers: The Battle of Arkinholm (Langholm)”

Clan Carruthers: Scottish Clans & Families, what are they?

October 2, 2018Clan Carruthers Courtesy of Mercury News There seems to be a great deal of confusion by some with regards, amongst other things, what a Scottish Clan or family is, what it isn’t and who can use the collective term. The first thing that needs to be said, which seems to be very obviousContinue reading “Clan Carruthers: Scottish Clans & Families, what are they?”