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National Tartan Day

National Tartan Day was Saturday, April 6th, which was also my mother’s and younger brother’s birthdays, so I am a little late to the party. But I can’t pass up the opportunity to share a post about this day and its past.

History tells us it was April 6, 1320, when The Scottish Declaration of Independence was signed. Interestingly, our own declaration of independence was modeled after that very document with nearly half the signers being of Scottish descent.

It wasn’t until 1998 that the U.S. Senate made April 6th National Tartan Day and the day is now celebrated throughout the country.

My family, like so many other Americans, is of Scottish descent.

My great-great-grandmother, Mary Colhoun left in the 1800s for Picton, Ontario where she married John Sayers.

Tracing Mary’s heritage back we discovered Colhoun is part of the Colquhoun Clan near Loch Lomond, Scotland. I was fortunate enough to visit Scotland last spring and we made sure to walk in the footsteps of the Colquhouns before me. You can read about my adventures here.

Scotland, April 2018 – Colquhoun Tartan Scarf

When I did my research about the Colquhoun Clan, prior to going to Scotland, I was surprised to find how welcoming the Clan is. There was never a question of how much Scottish blood I had but more of a feeling of, “If you’ve got a drop of Scottish blood, you are Scottish”!

View from Dumbarton Castle

So in honor of National Tartan Day, I purchased a simple wrap-around Colquhoun Clan tartan skirt and was ready to wear it on April 6th.  Only I forgot until April 7th!

Clan Colquhoun Tartan

But better late than never, so here is to all of the people in America with Scottish heritage. I hope you get a chance to discover which clan and tartan is yours and you wear those colors proudly no matter what day it is.

Happy National Tartan Day!

4 Comments

  1. Oh what a fun post! You look fabulous in your tartan plaid skirt! You have now thrown down the gauntlet and I will have to see if I can figure out any Scottish relatives and where in Scotland they may have come from! Then of course I would need to plan a trip to visit it! I know I have quite a few from that part of the world! Fun!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2019-04-10 at 10:40

      Thank you, Amy! For so many American’s it is so fun finding out about our past. And, oh you have to visit Scotland!! So amazing.

  2. Thanks for this fun, chatty read. My husband has Scottish heritage. But my family has its name attatched to its very own town in County Kildare, Ireland. 😉

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2019-04-15 at 08:26

      How cool is that, Kristine!! What town in County Kildare? My husband’s family is in Ireland.

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