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Clan Custom Creations: Heroes of Edinburgh

By Kirsty McIntyre Today 38 Views No comments

You might have noticed one or two familiar faces if you were in Edinburgh's city centre in April 2017...

Tartan Tuesday: Clan Mackay

By Kirsty McIntyre 2 days ago 153 Views No comments

Tartan Day: how Scotland swept its way through North America.

By Kirsty McIntyre 20 days ago 701 Views No comments

Scotland and the United States have long shared ties of family and friendship, and many of our country's most cherished customs and ideals first grew to maturity on Scotland's soil. - George W. Bush, 2008 Tartan Day Presidential Proclamation

Nobody does patriotism quite like the Scots - and with nearly ten million people of Scottish descent (more than the total population of Scotland) it's hardly surprising that North America is the birthplace of one of the biggest celebrations of Scottish history and heritage in the world. Originating in Nova Scotia in Canada, the first "Tartan Day" was held on April 6th 1986 - the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, a document that's rumoured to be an inspiration for the US Declaration of Independence.

There are Tartan Day events held across North America, from Ottawa in Canada to the US West Coast in San Diego - just about as far removed from the Scottish Highlands as you can get. Perhaps the most famous, however, is New York's famous annual parade, which this year celebrates the 20th anniversary of Tartan Day in the US. The Tartan Day Parade, which last year attracted over 3,500 participants and 30,000 spectators, will be led by Grand Marshal KT Tunstall - the first woman to take on the role! It marks the spectacular highlight of an entire week of celebrating Scottish life and heritage in New York City. You can expect to see pipers and drummers from across the world marching from 44th to 55th Street, along with Highland dancers, clan members marching together, and even numerous tartan-dressed dogs of Scottish breeds.

Tartan Day has become an integral part of the Scottish story, despite being some 3000 miles away. Both Canada and the New York Tartan Week have their own official tartans, as recognised by the Scottish Tartan Authority, and as the Outlander TV series introduces a new audience to the charms of Scotland, so more and more people are coming together to share their love for the country, and celebrate collective heritage.

Whether it's attending one of the parades in your clan tartan or simply enjoying a drink with family and friends in Aberdeen, Washington, Midlothian, Maryland or Nova Scotia in Canada, we at Clan hope you have a great day. Sláinte mhath!

Tartan Tuesdays - Clan Carmichael

By Sophie 6 months ago 388 Views No comments

Forget Throwback Thursdays, here at Scotweb, we're doing Tartan Tuesdays! This week we look at the Carmichael tartan and learn about the history of the clan.

Tartan Tuesdays - Clan Dundas

By Sophie 7 months ago 458 Views No comments

Forget Throwback Thursdays, here at Scotweb, we're doing Tartan Tuesdays! This week we look at the Dundas tartan and learn about the history of the clan.

Handfasting - A History

By Sophie 7 months ago 2598 Views No comments

This week we're looking at Handfasting which is fast becoming a popular part of modern wedding ceremonies, especially with those who wish to celebrate their Scottish roots. The act of tying together a couples' hands in a symbolic gesture, that represents the joining of families and the union of the couple, Handfasting is seen as a highlight of many modern wedding ceremonies.

Tartan Tuesdays - Clan Forrester

By Sophie 9 months ago 557 Views No comments

Forget Throwback Thursdays, here at Scotweb, we're doing Tartan Tuesdays! This week we look at the Forrester tartan and learn about the history of the clan.

Tartan Tuesdays - Clan Dewar

By Sophie 10 months ago 923 Views No comments

Forget Throwback Thursdays, here at Scotweb, we're doing Tartan Tuesdays! This week we look at the Dewar tartan and learn about the history of the clan.

Tartan Tuesdays - Clan Burnett

By Sophie 1 years ago 1273 Views No comments

Forget Throwback Thursdays, here at Scotweb, we're doing Tartan Tuesdays! This week we look at the Burnett Tartan and learn about the history of the Clan.

The world's first colour photograph

By Sophie 1 years ago 1646 Views No comments

Did you know that the world's first colour photograph was created by James Clerk Maxwell and featured a piece of tartan? Read more about this groundbreaking scientist here...