Monday, April 06, 2009

Happy Tartan Day!

"It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom -- for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself." ~ From the Scottish Declaration of Independence, signed at Arbroath Abbey, April 6, 1320

Today, April 6, is National Tartan Day. What is Tartan Day?

One might well ask.

This is the day when people of Scotch heritage, all around the world, celebrate their heritage. If you are Scot, and if you have anything that represents your clan's tartan plaid, such as a kilt, or a hat, or a tie, you should wear it. Wear it proudly. Today's the day.

It was on this day in 1320, that the Scottish declaration of Independence was signed in a place called Arbroath Abbey. The quotation at the beginning of this post contains an excerpt from the document. It also heads this blog, just under the title.

I am of Scot's heritage, a sept of the Clan Gunn. Below is my Clan's tartan plaid:

Here is the Gun Clan Crest:

Here is a brief history of my clan.

Happy National Tartan Day!


Most Rev. Gregori said...

I am not a Scotsman, but Happy Tartan Day to you.

Krystal said...

Happy Tartan Day to you!!!

Trader Rick said...

I am part Welsh, does that count? My adopted Grandfather and Grandmother were born in Edinborough and Dundee, respectively...

Mark said...

Well Rick, according to the song, The Scotsmen have their thistle and the Welshmen have their leeks.

Edinburgh and Dundee are both in Scotland.

Anonymous said...

A proud MacTavish would've worn his kilt yesterday if he'd known it were Tartan day. However, it were probably a good thing he were unaware as his workmates would've likely experienced less than positive reactions to his hairy and white legs.

Anonymous said...

Happy belated Tartab Day from a member of Clan Morrison!

Anonymous said...

It turns out you're a Scot, and not American at all...Traitor!

Btw...GUNN, not GUN. Dumb fake Scot.