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 beContinue reading “Clan Carruthers: Scottish Clans & Families, what are they?”

The Lion and the Clans

The earliest recorded use of the Lion rampant as a royal emblem in Scotland was by Alexander II in 1222 with the additional embellishment of a double border set with lilies occurring during the reign of Alexander III (1249–1286). This emblem occupied the shield of the royal coat of arms of the ancient Kingdom of Scotland which, together with a royal banner displaying the same, was used by the King of Scots until the Union of the Crowns in 1603, when JamesContinue reading “The Lion and the Clans”


Brought to you by your Clan Society; Clan Carruthers Society-International •INTRODUCTION Although Carruthers lands extended far beyond Mouswald, it was the home of our chiefs for many years. This description, in part from the 1800’s paints a picture that would reflect what it was like in ancient times. •CURRENT DESCRIPTION The ancient parish of MouswaldContinue reading “MOUSWALD: ANCESTRAL HOME OF CLAN CARRUTHERS.”

The History of Yetholm

Name – originally there was a route through the hills to England, so Yetholm was the ‘place at the gate’, from the old Scots ‘yett’ meaning a gate, and ‘holm’ or ‘ham’ the Anglo-Saxon for a settlement. Graveyard Record – Recorded by the Borders Family History Society in their ‘Roxburghshire Monumental Inscriptions III’. The 2ndContinue reading “The History of Yetholm”


Another question from one of our society members: Did Agnes Douglas, Countess of Argyll (1574 – 3 May 1607) marry John Carruthers 8th of Holmains, eg was she a Carruthers by marriage? Sadly no. This is totally incorrect historically. It is therefore important to check the facts. Not every person out there is a ‘Carruthers’Continue reading “The truth behind..AGNES DOUGLAS, COUNTESS OF ARGYLL”


In 1286, King Alexander III of Scotland was on his way to his new young wife’s bed, during a storm, when he fell over a cliff. Whether his tumble was assisted or not isn’t recorded but his lust-driven freefall to oblivion was to have enormous consequences for the border between Scotland and England. From thisContinue reading “THE BORDER REIVERS”

Clan Carruthers Q&A for the day.

Another question from a very concerned member of ‘our’ society who read this on another page. ‘Is this true…. Hello, History is being re-written all the time due to all the new DNA findings, so this is confusing to keep up with it all. It always said that we were a sept of the BruceContinue reading “Clan Carruthers Q&A for the day.”

Unveiling the Wonders of the People and Culture of Scotland

Scotland has a rich cultural heritage that is unique in its own way. To know more about Scottish people, their food and culture read on. First and foremost I must commend one of our own with this beautiful tartan. I wont mention any names as of yet but those who know him know that heContinue reading “Unveiling the Wonders of the People and Culture of Scotland”