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
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Objects and Aims of the Society:
The objects and aims of the Society are fivefold:
- 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.
- To organise a clan gathering in Scotland, to welcome a new chief.
- To support clan gatherings and festivals wherever our clan is represented, internationally.
- To set up and support regional branches of the Society internationally.
- Having gained Scottish Clan status through the acceptance and ratification of a Chief by the lord Lyon, we have ensured that Clan Carruthers has taken its rightful place as a legal entity in Scottish law alongside all all other Official Scottish Clans.
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 of us have left our native 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.
2. What if I am not a Carruthers, can I still join?
Yes, you may join, to support us, as a member of CCSI and gain the rights and privileges thereof.
3. What are the dues? The membership year runs from April 1st to March 31st, all rates are in £ Sterling.
Current rates are:
- £35 Founding Membership
- £25 Joining Member (UK)
- $30 Joining Member (US/Canada)
- £35 Joining Family Membership (UK) two children under the age of 18.
- $40 Joining Family Membership (US/Canada) two children under the age of 18.
- £20 Individual Annual Membership (UK)
- $25 Individual Annual Membership (US/Canada)
- £35 Family Annual Membership (UK) two children under the age of 18.
- $40 Family Annual Membership (US/Canada) two children under the age of 18.
How does my membership dues benefit the society?
We are a non-profit organization. Your dues go to support clan tents at games, preserving Carruthers artifacts and information, and promoting the continuation of our name, history, and familial ties while moving towards having a clan Chief recognised by the Scottish legal system and the Queens representative, the Lord Lyon.
Membership with CCSI gives you:
- Two newsletters (Promptus et Fidelis) a year, with information related to Carruthers, the Border Reivers, Scotland and Celtic history upcoming events.
- Membership of your regional Society
- Signed and authenticated Society certification
- Access to our Society Genealogists and our wealth of genealogy records specific to Carruthers. You will receive information on your genealogy and help in plugging any holes in your family tree.
- Discounted prices on all CCSI merchandise and tartan
- Access to CCSI events and activities when they occur, nationally and internationally.
Clan Carruthers Society International are recognised as the official Society of our family and Clan and are members of CASSOC ( Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada) and COSCA (Council of Scottish Clans and Associations) in the US, with all the benefits derived from the same.
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.
CCSI ARMIGERS, OFFICERS AND COUNCIL MEMBERS
Dr Simon Peter Carruthers of Holmains, Chief of the Name and Arms of Carruthers
James Andrew Carruthers of Dormont (UK)
George Carruthers FSA Scot (UK)
Gary John Carruthers (Australia)
George Carruthers (UK), Stuart Carruthers (UK), George Haig (UK)
CCSI EXECUTIVE COUNCIL:
Simon Peter Carruthers of Holmains
George Carruthers FSA Scot (UK)
Dana Caruthers Norton FSA Scot (US)
Cécelia Mitchell-Carruthers (France)
George Haig (UK)
Graham Carruthers (Can)
Laura Carruthers (UK)
Clan Commissioner – USA:
Dana Caruthers Norton FSA Scot (USA)
Clan Commissioner – Europe:
Cécilia Mitchell-Carruthers (France)
Clan Commissioner – Canada:
Clan Commissioner – Australia:
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)
Stuart Carruthers (UK)
William Carruthers CFP (UK)
David Newton (US)
Dana Caruthers Norton (USA)
Clan Genealogist – Australia:
Gary Carruthers (Aus)
Craig H. Carothers (USA)
William Carruthers (UK)
Stuart Carruthers (UK)
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.
Clan 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.