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.
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”!
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!
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!