Clan Society


The Clan Carruthers Society -International (CCSI) is the official Society of the Clan and is recognised as such by the Chief: Dr S.Peter Carruthers of Holmains

About the Clan Carruthers Society:

A fully constituted Clan Society (CCSI) was established in January 2017, although work has been going on in the background since 2007.The objects and aims of the Society are to assist in the promotion of Clan Carruthers and the preservation of its history, relics and cultural ties. The Society is non-commercial, apolitical and non-partisan and is open to any member of the international Carruthers family and derivatives of that name.

The Clan is represented on the Clan Council by members hailing from; Scotland, England, Ireland, North America, Canada and Australasia.

Our mission, having had Carruthers accepted as a clan in their own right through the confirmation of a chief, is to help educate and inform our family on on our colourful past and recorded history. This includes the active role in Scottish history as well as our part in the Border Reiver activities in the West March of the Anglo-Scottish Border for over 300 years. These days Carruthers can be found in almost every country of the world and their achievements are up there with any other Scottish clan.

Objects and Aims of the Society

The objects and aims of the Society are threefold:

1) To promote kinship within the family and assist in the promotion of the Clan Carruthers and the preservation of its history, relics and cultural ties through events, a clan magazine, exhibitions, exchanges, festivals, fund-raising and educational visits, etc. The Society is non-commercial, non-political and non-partisan.

2) To organise a clan gatherings in Scotland, and attend and support gatherings in other parts of the world where clan and Scottish culture is celebrated.

Why is membership and support of the Society important.

The Aim of the Society as can be seen above, is to cultivate a spirit of friendship among members of the Clan and to help them to keep in touch with one another. Many have left Scotland and dispersed into all corners of Britain and the World. The Society brings us together again to share in our common ancestry and our rich exciting history and supports our efforts to attain full clan status through a chief, ratified by the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh, Scotland in order to attain recognised Scottish clan status both in Scotland and Internationally.

Here is some information about membership:

  1. Who may join?

Anyone who can claim ancestry of Carruthers, or one of its many spellings, may join     as a full member of CCSI this includes those who have our name through marriage, adoption  or were given their name from the owners of the land they worked.

     2. What if I am not a Carruthers, can I still join?

Yes, you may join as an associate member of CCSI and gain rights and privileges     thereof  thereof.

  1. What are the dues?

 The membership year runs from April 1st to March 31st. All rates are in £ Sterling.

        Current rates are:
– £30 to join as an individual.
– £25 for an Annual Membership.

How will membership benefit the Society.

As a not for profit organization, the dues go to support clan tents, banners at games and gatherings, preservation of Carruthers artefacts and historical sites and offering evidenced information allowing the accurate promotion and continuation of our name, history and familial ties.

CCSI Membership gives you.

  1. We publish 3 Newsletters per year containing information relating to Carruthers, the Border Reivers, Scotland and Celtic history.
  2. Access to our Society Genealogist and the wealth of accurate information on our family, thus helping plug any holes in your own family tree.
  3. Merchandise discounts
  4. Access to CCSI events
  5. Support of Carruthers historical research and sites.

Clan Carruthers Society International are members of CASSOC (Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada), Scottish-Australian Heritage Council (Australia) and COSCA (Council of Scottish Clans and Associations) in the US, with all the benefits derived from the same.




Chiefly Arms of Carruthers

Clan Chief:

Dr Simon Peter Carruthers of Holmains, Chief of the Name and Arms of Carruthers

  Armigers :

James Andrew Carruthers of Dormont (UK)

Cecelias creat  Cécelia Mitchell-Carruthers (France)

IMG_0141 George Carruthers FSA Scot (UK)


George Carruthers (UK), Stuart Carruthers (UK), George Haig (UK)


George Carruthers FSA Scot (UK)

Vice Convenor:
Dana Caruthers Norton (US)

Vice Convenor:
Cécelia Mitchell-Carruthers (France)

George Haig (UK)

Executive Secretary:
Graham Carruthers (Can)

Membership Secretary: 
Laura Carruthers (UK)

Clan Commissioners:

Clan Commissioner USA:
Dana Caruthers Norton (USA)

Clan Commissioner Europe:
Cécilia Mitchell-Carruthers (France)

Clan CommissionerCanada:

Clan CommissionerAustralia:
Graham Carruthers (Aus)


Journal Committee (Prompts et Fidelis):
George Carruthers (UK) ,
Zelda M Carruthers (Canada)
Laura Carruthers (UK )
Gary Carruthers (Aus)

Regional Secretary- Australia:
Craig Monument (Carruthers)

Social Secretary:
Stuart Carruthers (UK)

William Carruthers CFP (UK)

David Newton (US)

Clan Genealogist: 
Dana Caruthers Norton (USA)

 Clan Genealogist – Australia:
Gary Carruthers (Aus)

Clan Historian:
Craig H. Carothers (USA)


William Carruthers (UK)


Stuart Carruthers (UK)

Sword Bearer:
James Carruthers (UK)


What is a Clan?

Taken from the Scottish Council of Standing Chiefs website (the definitive and authoritative body for information on the Scottish Clan System):

The clan system is closely bound up with Scottish heraldry. The best definition of a clan provided by a heraldic authority is contained in Nisbet’s “System of Heraldry”, published in 1722: – social group consisting of an aggregate of distinct erected families actually descended, or accepting themselves as descendants of a common ancestor, and which has been received by the Sovereign through its Supreme Officer of Honour, the Lord Lyon, as an honourable community whereof all of the members on establishing right to, or receiving fresh grants of, personal hereditary nobility will be awarded arms as determinate or indeterminate cadets both as may be of the chief family of the clan.

A clan is therefore a community which is both distinguished by heraldry and recognised by the Sovereign. At the head of this honourable community is the chief. He is the only person entitled to display the undifferenced shield of Arms, ie without any marks of dependency upon any other noble house.

Chiefship is a title of honour and dignity within the nobility of Scotland. Any claimant to such a title must establish, to the satisfaction of the Lord Lyon representing the Sovereign, that he or she is entitled to the undifferenced arms of the community over which they seek to preside. It is the determining of chiefship which is among the Lyon Court’s central work.

Many of the cases which have come before the Lyon Court in the last 50 years have related to the chiefships of clans. There are now about 140 clans that have chiefs recognised by the Lord Lyon, Carruthers being one of them.

A clan or family. which has a recognised chief or head confers noble status on the clan or family which gives it a legally recognised status and a corporate identity. A family or name group which has no recognised chief has no official position under the law of Scotland.

GC BADGE ARTWORK Chosen Logo-10Clan Carruthers is officially represented by the Clan Carruthers Society International (CCSI), which was founded in January 2017 and is officially recognised by the Chief of Carruthers as representing the worldwide Carruthers family. It is non-commercial, apolitical and non-partisan and is open to any member of the international Carruthers family and derivatives of that name. The Society is based in the United Kingdom, but is represented by an international Executive Council.