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skeptic
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I read today that the traditional Scottish kilt does not indicate the family or clan of the wearer as is commonly believed, and that these associations are only a recent invention.

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Shay it isn't sho!

I doubt I'll ever wear a kilt, and am more than half English, anyway, but I purchased a necktie at a Scottish shop here in Northern California. I don't know if it was the right one, as there were two different Shaw clan patterns, so I picked the one with the colors I liked best - blue to go with my eyes, rather than the red and yellow of the alternate Shaw pattern.

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http://www.scottishtartans.org/tartan.html

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In the early nineteenth century, the idea began to gel that the names borne by the tartans represented actual connections to these clans. Scots expatriates who grew up outside of the Highland line began to get interested in preserving Highland culture. It was assumed that tartans had always been named and these represented actual affiliations. In 1815 the Highland Society of London wrote to the clan chiefs asking them to submit samples of their clan tartans. Many chiefs had no idea what "their clan tartan" was supposed to be and so either wrote to tartan suppliers such as Wilsons, or asked the older men of their clan if they recalled any particular tartan being worn.


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