Frequently asked questions relating to the Clan and the way forward:
•Does Carruthers have a Clan Society - Yes, there is a Clan Carruthers Society-International which will work to preserve the history, culture and artifacts of our great family, en route to clan status. Our purpose is to ensure that our clan received official recognition, thus ensuring that we take our rightful place alongside other respected Scottish Clans
•Does Carruthers have any right to be a clan - Yes, they were mentioned as one of the 17 unruly border 'clannis' in the 1587 Act of the Scottish parliament
We must therefore follow due process, which we are doing, based on historical fact because to be seen as a failed group would be worse than not even attempting to attain Clan status. See the pages on Carruthers, Clan or Family and Regarding Clan Status
•Does Carruthers have a Chief - No, not since the 1548, which means that the seniors of the family are: Carruthers of Dormont through the male line and the Mitchell-Carruthers, (Holmains), through the female line. It is therefore currently an Armigerous Clan
•Can we just pick someone to be Chief or commander. - No, it isn't that simple, there are legal requirements to follow, as holding Chief rights of a Scottish Clan is a legal entity in Scottish law.
All the seniors and any Armigers, those who have arms registered with the Lord Lyon, should be involved in the process.
Once that is exhausted then there are other routes we can follow.
• Does the Lord Lyon play a role - Yes, he does in Scotland, the country of our birthright, where he will accept or decline the legality of a clan Chief and with those of the senior lines still in place, one would have to think the Chief should come from them.
A Chief can only be recognised by the Lord Lyon, they are the only authority anywhere in the world that may legally do so. Any country may recognise a clan society, but a society is not a clan and the head of a society is not a clan chief, far from it,
•Do we simply organise a clan gathering. - No, that will come later, there is no rush and there is much work to do before then to get it right. All our facts must be accurate, no claims that may cause us embarrassment or cause us to be seen as fringe or fail at the first hurdle. Being accepted by one Authority is not good enough when the important authorities will not give you credence.
•Does Carruthers have their own tartan - Yes, it was registered in Scotland in 2017 with the Scottish Tartan Register, although the family may still wear a Bruce tartan and that is their choice.
•Carruthers has worn the Bruce tartan for years, can we claim it as our own. - Highly unlikely. All Tartans registered to Bruce to include the thread count and sett are legally registered to that family. Any claims otherwise may be challenged.
•Did Carruthers ever have its own tartan. - Not that we are aware of. Our family were Reivers and as such wore trousers.
Family assigned tartan, to include highland clans according to the majority of experts, was a Victorian construct. Until that point any tartan would have been regional rather than family, depending on the weaver.
The family will be kept informed, much has been going on in the background and we are talking to the right people at the right time.
Frequently asked general questions:
• Were Carruthers at Bannockburn. - Although there is every possibility Carruthers may have been there in support of Bruce, they were not listed in any records that we are aware of.
• Did Carruthers receive honours from Robert the Bruce. - There is anecdotal/family stories from some members of the family suggest that this is the case, but currently we do not have any strong evidence to support it . It would be nice though, although royal honours would have been displayed on our arms, and there are none.
•Did the tartan records/register get destroyed in the early 2000 - Not that we or anyone we have spoken to are aware of. The Scottish Government took control of legally registering Tartans through the auspices of the Scottish Tartan Register (STR) in Scotland. The Scottish Register of Tartans was established by an act of the Scottish Parliament in November 2008, following a Member’s Bill submitted by Jamie McGrigor MSP in February 2007.
The Register was launched on 5 February 2009 and the first tartan to be registered on that day was the Scottish Register of Tartans’ Tartan (STR #10000).
The Register is administered by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) with advice from the Court of the Lord Lyon and representatives of the Scottish tartan industry. The Keeper of the Records of Scotland and Registrar General for Scotland is also the Keeper of the Scottish Register of Tartans.
Prior to the establishment of the Register, tartans were recorded by the Scottish Tartans Society, the Scottish Tartans World Register and the Scottish Tartans Authority, the largest by far being the latter. All records were subsumed from all three organisations by the STR on its set up.