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Monday, April 24, 2017

Tartan, Tea, Tey, and Thistle

Tartans – the clan system, by which Highland society was divided into tribal groups led by autocratic chiefs, can be traced to the 12th century, when clans were already known to wear the checkered wool cloth now called tartan. Each family, or clan, had their own pattern. After the battle of Culloden (see my “C” post), the wearing of tartans was banned for approximately 100 years.

Tea – No visitor should miss the experience of a proper Scottish afternoon tea. We enjoyed this experience at several different locations where we were offered a tray of tea with milk, brown and white sugar, and trays with a variety of delicious sandwiches (usually tuna, salmon, cucumber) and cakes, butter, jams, and fruits.

Tey - Josephine Tey was a pseudonym used by Elizabeth MacKintosh, a Scottish author best known for her mystery novels. She also wrote as Gordon Daviot, under which name she wrote plays, many with biblical or historical themes. http://www.josephinetey.net/

Thistle – once a Stuart family badge, it has since become a national symbol.

As a thank-you to the blogging community, and to celebrate one year since its publication, I am offering FREE e-pub copies of my western short story “Broken Angel” from now through April 30. If you would like to receive a copy, simply email me at writinginwonderland(at)gmail(dot)com


Laurel Garver said...

You get the sense that the English considered tartans to be something like gang colors, marking who's in, who's out and who crossed the wrong turf.


Susan Kane said...

And the Irish had much the same, with the wearing of shamrock. And the wearing of wearing of the green. You could wear orange (protestant).

sage said...

I am going to have to visit more of your posts on Scotland. I'm heading there in June--spending most of my time in the islands (Iona, Sky, Harris and Keith).

I don't think the tartan band lasted a full 100 years--and the clans with their various tartans seems to be a more modern invention (as the number of tartans continue to grow). That said, I'm proud of the MacKenzie tartan!


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