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.”

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”

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”


Background of the situation; Originally, the area known as Strathclyde covered both sides of what is now the Scotland and England border.  Inhabitants of both sides of the border spoke the same language and families settled on what became later, both sides of the border.  When Strathclyde became part of Scotland, the Scottish border lay considerably SouthContinue reading “WARDENS OF THE BORERS”

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”