Roger Carruthers 1st Laird Of Holmains 134
- Born: Abt 1350, Raffles, Dumfries, Scotland
- Marriage: Unknown
- Died: Abt 1425, Holmains, Dumfries, Scotland aged about 75
From Records of the Carruthers Family
No direct light can be shed on the origin of the Holmains branch of the Carruthers family. The undoubted progenitor was Roger de Carutheris who in 1375 received from George of Dunbar, Earl of March, the then Lord of Annandale, a £4 land in the viIIage of Little Dalton, 8 merks of land in Holmains and a 40/- land in Fourteenaikerbank. There are no means of knowing who Roger was, though this branch of the family is generally assumed to be descended from Mouswald. It seems probable, however, that Roger was a son of John de Carrutheris who in 1361 was granted by King David, as Lord of Annandale, a half of the lands (un named, but probably Raffols) that had formerly belonged to John of Raffols within the tenement of Mouswald, amounting to 50/- sterling, for in the next charter reference (1425) to a Carruthers in Holmains that occurs, this half of Raffols there belonged to the owner of Holmains. The John Carruthers of 1361 must therefore have been either father to Roger or an uncle who died without issue. These lands in Little Dalton, Holmains and Fourteenaikerbank first acquired in 1375 by Roger de Carruthers were the kernel of what was to extend in time into the substantial barony of Holmains and were to remain in the hands of the family till the break up and sale of their patrimonial estate. The lands had previously belonged to Sir Robert Lawder of Urquhart and, along with a 40/- land in Little Dalton, the property of Hugo the Larde (Laird), also included in the 1375 grant, had been forfeited by the previous owners. The grant also included the patronage of Little Dalton Church. Roger was thus firmly established, but this is all that is known of him. He must have been dead by 1425/6 when John de Carruthers was in possession of these lands and many others, all of which are included in another Douglas grant to him of that date.
Noted events in his life were:
• He owned property in 1375 in Little Dalton and Holmains.
• He was awarded the title of 1st Laird of Holmains in Holmains, Dumfries, Scotland in 1375