"How many did you catch?"
...the King asked his serf. "Gut three," the serf replied in his best Scottish brogue.
This story is but one possibility of how we came to be known as "Guthrie". We know that our heritage and ancestry is deep and wide. Members of Clan Guthrie USA can access and share resources to identify ancient kin, see where our paths cross, and how far back our history goes.
Robert The Bruce
Guthrie ancestry is strongly tied to the history of Scotland. Long before Guthrie Castle was built in 1468, Robert the Bruce was busy fighting for Scottish freedom. Robert the Bruce is the matriarchal ancestor of Guthries descending from the marriage of Alexander Guthrie, 2nd of Guthrie and Margaret Lyon of Glamis.
A little research over the centuries since Malcolm Canmore ruled Scotland, reveals: Guthrie – the King’s Falconer; Guthrie – the Herald sent to Europe to seek the liberator William Wallace ("Braveheart"); Guthrie – Commander of the King’s bodyguard, builder of Guthrie Castle in 1468. After the disastrous Battle of Falkirk in 1298 William Wallace had fled to France to rally support. In 1299 the Laird of Guthrie traveled to France to persuade him to return. Wallace accepted and they landed at Montrose.
Didja Know We Had Sports Stars, Entertainment Stars, Famous Scientists and Military Leaders?
The members of Clan Guthrie come from every walk of life and from virtually anywhere on the face of the earth. Though we share a common Scottish ancestry, today we may be found co-mingled in any ethnic group you can imagine. We love to hear the stories from our membership about their lives, personal histories, and accomplishments. As Guthries, we're often asked if we're related to Arlo, but the scope of our fame spans past Alice's Restaurant into other endeavors. Here's a starter list of Guthries who've made their mark on the world.
Most American Guthries can trace their lineage to pre-Revolutionary War immigrants from Scotland. Northern Ireland was also a stepping stone for many of our migrating ancestors. James I, who assumed the English throne in 1603, planned to colonize the Emerald Isle with loyalist settlers from England and Scotland. The Scots saw this as an opportunity to improve themselves economically and to follow their Presbyterian faith without interference from the Church of England. The resulting prosperity of the former Scots became their downfall.