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    From Walter Scott’s Black & White Tartan Design to Famous Scottish Clans Tartans Card Set

    Hi Mairiuna! What a surprise when I read your most recent post A Writing Day For Walter Scott in Company of His Favourite Dogs and noticed on one of your photographs the pattern of his study’s carpet ! It’s the Black & White tartan designed by Sir Walter Scott in 1822.  🙂

    Abbotsford Closer look at Sir Walter Scott's desk 2006

    Abbotsford -Closer look at Sir Walter Scott's desk -Scotiana 2006

    When you think that I visited twice his home in Abbotsford, and yourself maybe three or four times already, and this detail escaped our attention!

    Well..well..well..better late than never, right?

    The tartan holds a very important place in Scotland’s clan symbols, amidst clan motto and clan’s heraldic icons. It’s basically a unique pattern, called a “sett”, in a structured series of coloured threads and traditionally, each Scottish clan has its own tartan.

    We can see some great examples in the video we took of Scottish tartans through ages at the Tartan Weaving Mill & Exhibition, on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

    Scottish Clan Tartans Limited Edition Cards

    Scottish Clan Tartans Limited Edition Cards

    I recently bought on Ebay a boxed set of 25 cards depicting a pictorial history of the clans and their famous chiefs who together formed such an important part of Scotland’s past along with their respective tartans.

    Scottish Clan - Map - Glenfiddich Card Set

    Scottish Clan - Map - Glenfiddich Card Set

    The cards contained inside this wallet have been faithfully reproduced from part of a set that was first published in 1927.

    They provide a fascinating and informative insight into the heritage of Scotland and the main characters who helped shape the course of Scottish history.

    It was published by Glenfiddich ( Pure Malt Whisky ) in Limited Edition. Here’s the list of the Scottish Clan Tartans pictured on these cards:

    Campbell of Breadalbane
    Cameron of Lochiel

    Scottish Clan Tartans - Glenfiddich Whisky Card Set - Clan Kennedy
    Prince Charles Edward Stewart

    Scottish Clan Tartans - Glenfiddich Card SetScottish Clan Tartans - Glenfiddich Card set Scottish Clan Tartans - Glenfiddich Card set

    Scottish Clan Tartans - Glenfiddich Card set

    Under the swelling folds of the chiefly banner clansmen in kilt and trews, and the daughters of the clan in plaid and arisaid, still gather around their Chief and Ban-tigherna as the parents of the race.

    The historic titles of the Scots peerage perpetuate the tribal provinces of the Celtic Kings ( being honours “shared by the whole race and surname” of each) , and thus give a striking “clan-significance” to these Scottish honours.

    In the governance of Britain, the King still represents the Ard-Righ -“head of the kindred” viz. the High-Chief, and his Lord Lyon King of Arms of Scotland represents the High-Sennachie; s0 that the ascending bond of kinship, symbolized by “The Tartan” is still an actual and legalised feature of the Realm of Scotland, linking those of Scottish blood, the world over, both with one another and with the arts, the poetry and the romance of Celtic Scotland.

    Source: The Scottish Tartans, with the Chiefs’ Arms Histories & Badges of the Clans.W. & A. K. Johnston & G. W. Bacon Lyd, Edinburgh,Scotland. 1959

    I will keep my eyes open for the 1927 original card set as I would be delighted to add in our collection.

    Talk soon.


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