Carruthers Chiefly Arms 1600's (Holmains) (Artist: A. Maxwell)
In order for Carruthers to be officially recognised as a clan, both in Scotland and world wide a petition has to be accepted by the Lord Lyon in Scotland to matriculate the arms of the chief as their own.
It is by this act of matriculation on behalf of the British Crown, that the individual is recognised as a chief in Scottish Law.
Once the Chief's arms are granted, after the evidence of their lineage has been checked, the clan becomes official.
As Carruthers's last chief died in 1548, the Holmains branch, of which Dormont is a cadet, became our senior line but until a Chief is accepted, we remain Armigerous.
However it is still impossible for a senior member of Carruthers to lay legal claim to the chieftainship and until that line is satisfied and currently a petition lies with the Lord Lyon, no one else may claim the chiefship.
Chiefs cap badge of Clan Carruthers (Artist: A. Maxwell)
As it stands there are legitimate descendants of Holmains still alive with issue (heirs), the most senior of whom has been approached by the Clan Carruthers Society-International to take the Chiefship forwards. The proven seniors of the line of Carruthers live both in the UK and France.
The seniority of the line of Holmains is supported by the documentation in 'The Munuments of His Grace the Duke of Buccleach and Queensbury K.T.,. kept in the Charter room of Drumlarig Castle, in the county of Dumfries' which stated: Ancient Charters relating to the family of Carruthers of that Ilk and of Mouswald. This is not the first time that the muniments of this ancient race have been brought under the notice of the Commissioners. In a Report dated 1st July 1876 an opportunity was courteously afforded me of giving the muniments of the 'oldest branch of the family which took the name and designation of Carruthers of Holmains or Holmends'. These writs extended from the reign of King David the second in 1361 to that of Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1562. [Sixth Report of Historical MSS. Commission. Appendix, p. 709.]
In a Report dated 1st July 1876 an opportunity was courteously afforded me of giving the muniments of the oldest branch of the family which took the name and designation of Carruthers of Holmains or Holmends.
These writs extended from the reign of King David the second in 1361 to that of Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1562. [Sixth Report of Historical MSS. [Commission. Appendix, p. 709.]
Applying for Chiefly arms as with any application for arms, is a long process, which involves setting out the genealogical evidence in the form of a petition to present, in a manner reflecting its accuracy and legality, to the Lyon Court in Edinburgh for their consideration. T's must be crossed and i's must be dotted to ensure everything is correct and evidenced as Chief of Clan Carruthers is a legal and hereditary title.
With these lines in existence and the living descendents able to petition any other claim/s must be viewed for what they are, grossly misleading, self awarded and definitely not representative of our Clan internationally.
CHIEF, CHIEFTAIN, ARMIGERS AND THE SOCIETY
The Clan Carruthers Society- International supports the official route to attain legal status as a Scottish clan in our own right. This includes the recognition of a chief and through them, official recognition as a clan. As a Scottish Clan, this can only be achieved by going through the British Monarch’s representative in these matters, the Lyon Court in Edinburgh, headed by the Lord Lyon, Dr Joe Morrow.
CHIEF ( Three feathers in their bonnet)
• Currently information is with the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh with view to a Chief being chosen through matriculation of the Chiefly Arms of Holmains.
As, as confirmed above, there are senior descendants of Carruthers still alive, they have to take precedent in the claim to lead the Clan over any self appointment.
CHIEFTAINS (Two feathers in their bonnet)
• As we wait for that to happen there are, as far as we are aware in the true historical sense and with a right to the claim, two current Chieftains of our line alive today, both of whom are backed by sound pedigree and solid genealogical evidence.
1) Simon Peter Carruthers, senior descendant of Holmains.
2) James Andrew Carruthers, senior of Dormont.
(The designation of Chieftain represents the head of a significant branch or families within a clan.
Typically, in difference to the recognition of chiefship, this designation is indicated by the chief and not by the Lord Lyon.
However, with the current vacant role of the Chief, which we hope is rectified shortly, the Clan Carruthers Society currently recognizes the territorialy designated and amigerous heir of historically promient Scottish Families within the Carruthers line as Chieftain, in accordance with the practice of other armigerous Clan Societies).
ARMIGERS (One feather in their bonnet)
1) George Carruthers
2) We are also informed that there are two other petitions being researched that are in the early stages for presentation to the Lord Lyon for matriculation of Carruthers Arms. One from the line of Dormont and the other from the line of Rammerscales.
(Clan Armigers are those that have matricaluated arms from the Lord Lyon. In cases where the armiger has passed away, the last known heir to the arms are listed here. This list will be updated as new armigers matriculate arms. Armigers are entitled to wear their own crest without the Strap and Buckle).
Armigers Arms - shown without Helm and Mantle (simplified Arms)
Armigers Eldest Son and Heir Arms with Cadency Mark
Armigers Youngest Son Arms with Border (Bordure)
Carruthers' Armigers Arms differenced to show the subtle change in Arms from the father to eldest son and father to youngest son