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  • Reverend John Rutherford (1642 - 1740)
    Rev. John Rutherford and his wife, Isabella Alleine, lived on the River Tweed in Scotland. From Scotland, they moved to County Down, Ireland, where he died in his 84th year and she in her 82nd year.Rev...

Clan Rutherford

☀☀ Officially registered clan, without a Clan Chief, registered with the Lord Lyon Court.

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  • Crest/Badge A martlet Sable
  • Gaelic Name:
  • Motto: Nec Sorte, Nec Fato (Neither by chance, nor fat)
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  • Lands Roxburghshire
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  • Clan Chief: none, armigerous clan.


Origins of the name


ORIGIN OF THE NAME  RUTHERFORD, By Gary Rutherford Harding The surname Rutherford is one of the most ancient of Scotland. The Rutherford name undoubtedly was taken by family members who lived near the ancestoral village of Rutherford, Scotland. The earliest accounts of the name Rutherford come from the 12th century. There is no information to indicate the first man who bore the name of Rutherford, however, the name no doubt derived from the land holdings at the present site of Rutherford on the Tweed. One of the early holders of this name was Sir Nicholas de Rutherford [abt 1200-1275]. He had significant estates in Northumberland and was cited as having brought 60 knights to Sir William Wallace before a battle. In the ballad history of Blind Harry, Sir Nicholas de Rutherford is considered to be Sir William Wallace's brother-in-law. There were also other Rutherford noblemen who lived in Roxburghshire at about that same time; Hugh of Ruwerfort, William of Rwyirford [priest at Melrose], Gregory of Rutherfurd and Richard of Rutherford.

Seven possible origins of the surname Rutherford are listed at this site.

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Welcome to Clan Rutherfurd/Rutherford

The creation of the Clan Rutherfurd is an historic occasion; we hope to continue a long tradition of service to those around the world who are members of our family. Historically, the Rutherfurd family has been a sept of the Clan Home/Hume since May 18th, 1516 when Thomas Lord Rutherfurd of Edgerston allied himself, along with his kinsmen John of Hundalee and George of Hunthill, in a bond of manrent to Alexander Lord Home. As a Scottish Borders family, we were a family with a Laird rather than a Clan with a Chief. William Edward Rutherfurd, the last Rutherfurd Laird of Edgerston, sold Edgerston in 1915 and immigrated to Kenya. He died in 1931 with no known descendants. The Rutherfurd/ Rutherford family has been a Family without a Laird since that time. The last Lairds brother, Malcolm Brakspear Rutherfurd, immigrated to Douglas, Wyoming, USA where he married Anne Amelia Dickson on April 29th 1897. He had five sons before he died in 1913. The descendants of Malcolm Brakspear Rutherfurd have elected the oldest male Rutherfurd of their family as the Family Representative, Edward Charles Rutherfurd. Because we no longer own Edgerston or any other Rutherford estates, our responsibility to the family is to provide clan organization. Each cadet or geographic line will post its genealogy; we hope to be a resource to Rutherfurds/Rutherfords around the world in researching their family history. Also posted here are things of interest to Rutherfurds/ Rutherfords - pictures, arms, mottos, clan history and more.

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