Old Photograph Carrutherstown Dumfries and Galloway Scotland

Old photograph of houses and cottages in Carrutherstown, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The Carrruthers family first came to prominence in Dumfriessshire as dependents of the Bruces of Lochmaben. Their influence steadily spread through the parishes of Dalton and Mouswald. The surname of Carruthers appears to allude to the ancient British fort called Caer Rydderch or Rythyr. In the thirteenth century the chiefly family of Carruthers rose to become stewards of Annandale under the Clan Bruce. Nigel de Karruthers was a cleric who was also Rector of Ruthwell in 1380, who rose to become Canon of Glasgow Cathedral in 1351. He was also named as chancellor to Robert, High Steward of Scotland in 1344. At around the same time the chiefly family of Carruthers acquired the lands of Musfald, now called Mouswald. The Carruthers of Mouswald line came to an end with Simon Carruthers who was killed in 1548 during a border raid, and his daughters were placed under the guardianship of the Clan Douglas. A notable member of the clan was Colonel Francis Carruthers who served in Egypt and in the Boer War. From 1915 to 1919 he was assistant director at the War Office. He was also a brigadier in the Royal Company of Archers, the monarch's body guard in Scotland, as well as being Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries.

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