Tartan Registration and the Scottish Tartan Register:
Prior to 2008, tartans were registered through two major bodies. These were the Scottish Tartan Authority (STA) STA and the Scottish Tartans World Register (STWR). In 2008 the Scottish Government in Holyrood, Edinburgh enacted a Bill of Parliament, bringing into being the Scottish Tartan Register (STR), which then received Royal Assent.
This was to provide an individual, independent, definitive and accessible database and promote, register and preserve tartan within the culture and heritage of a Scottish Government Agency. The STR amalgamated the registers of the STA and the STWR and included the ancient tartan register of the Lyon Court in Edinburgh, to form the largest legally constituted Tartan Authority in the world, with thousands of tartans registered, and more added daily.
The STR is part of the National Records of Scotland and takes advice from the Lyon Court. Its is also important to accept that the records held by the National Records of Scotland shows:
*The earliest mention of 'Highland Tartan' was in 1538 (Scottish family tartan was first recorded in the Highlands of Scotland) *The earliest mention of tartan manufacture was 1734-37
This is not to say that tartan did not exist before this but there are no records to suggest that if it did it was not necessarily family related and most certainly not in the Anglo-Scottish borders.
We further need to remember that as a Border Reiver family we are not of a highland clan. Therefore the probability of Carruthers wearing kilts, or even clan tartan in the middle ages is both remote and inconceivable according to the evidence that exists. Border clans and families were known to have worn trews (trousers) of some shape or form and high riding boots and as Europe's premier light cavalry, this attire makes far more sense than a kilt.
Regarding the Carruthers use of the Bruce tartan, which we continue to wear as a sept of that family, the tartan is registered and patented in Scotland to Bruce, it is that simple. It is therefore inconceivable and totally disrespectful that we should attempt in any fashion to claim it as our own.
Carruthers had no registered tartan until 2017 when one was registered in 2017 and made open to the family. STR Registration 11700