Sunday, April 06, 2014

Tartan Day

"Tartan Day marks the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 at Arbroath Abbey. This historical occasion sowed the seeds of modern day democracy and was used as a basis for the American Declaration of Independence. Tartan Day was inspired by this historical occasion to celebrate all that is good about Scotland... its people, its heritage, its history, its culture and its amazing legacy to the world."

The Americans have never forgotten the connection. And although they did not taake en masses to the wearing of the kilt, tartan began to show up in the accoutrements of those belonging to a very influential circles, students at the elite colleges of the Ivy League. The photo is from the archives of Life magazine and was published in 1950.

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