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July 1, 2008 08:55 - July Highland Games

For many of us, the heat of summer is in full force and going to any outdoor event seems daunting. But if the weather's mild and you've the inkling, you can get a good dose of Scottish things. Some hold piping competitions, some have Highland games. There's always vendors selling all kinds of Scottish merchandise.

If you're looking for a local piper this is a good place to start. You can also look at sample books with many, many tartans displayed. Walking through the crowd, you can see a variety of kilt styles. Visiting the clan tents you can learn more about your clan history.

You can hear many different Highland tunes being played, eat a day-full of Scottish food, and see lots of Scottish traditions first hand.

For more detailed information about the events listed, go to U.S. Scots and the Scottish Heritage Society. Then click on the individual events and look for the link to the event's own webpage.

  • July 1, Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada ~ Pugwash Gathering of the Clans
  • July 1, Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada ~ Manitoba Highland Gathering
  • July 2 to 7, Banner Elk, NC ~ Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song, Language and Harp Week
  • July 4 to 6, Kincardine, Ontario, Canada ~ Kincardine Scottish Festival
  • July 5, Aberdeen, New South Wales, Australia ~ Aberdeen Highland Games
  • July 5 to 6 Monterey, CA ~ Monterey Scottish Games
  • July 6 to 7, Payson, UT ~ Payson Scottish Festival
  • July 7 to 8, Chatham, Ontario, Canada ~ Tartan Sertoma Highland Games
  • July 7 to 8, Athena, OR ~ Athena Caledonian Games
  • July 7 to 9, Mount Vernon, WA ~ Skagit Valley Highland Games & Faire
  • July 8, Mt Morris, NY ~ High Banks Celtic Gathering
  • July 11. Montreal, Quebec, Canada ~ Montreal Celtic Festival
  • July 11 to 12, Saline, MI ~ Saline Celtic Festival
  • July 12 to 15, Linville, NC ~ Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
    [See the Newsroom July 16 to 24, 2007 blogs for photos]
  • July 12, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada ~ Halifax Celtic Feis (Festival)
  • July 12, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada ~ Halifax Highland Games and Scottish Festival
  • July 12, Haliburton, Ontario, Canada ~ Haliburton Highland Games
  • July 12, Prospect, ME ~ Maine Scottish Military Tattoo
  • July 14, Burton, OH ~ Brigadoon Celtic Festival
  • July 14 to 15, Oakland, CA ~ Oakland Dunsmuir Highland Games
  • July 16, Orillia, Ontario, Canada ~ Orillia Scottish Festival
  • July 18 to 19, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada ~ Cambridge Highland Games
  • July 18 to 20, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada ~ Antigonish Highland Games
  • July 19, Westfield, MA ~ Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival
  • July 19, Gresham, OR ~ Portland Scottish Highland Games
  • July 19 to 22 Belfast, ME ~ Maine Celtic Celebration
  • July 19 to 20 Flagstaff, AZ ~ Arizona Highlands Celtic Festival
  • July 19 to 20 Kiowa, CO ~ Kiowa Celtic Festival
  • July 21, Horsham, PA ~ Graeme Park Scottish Heritage Festival
  • July 21 to 22, Reno, NV ~ Reno Celtic New Year Celebration
  • July 22, Leetonia, OH ~ Leetonia Celtic Festival
  • July 26 to 27, Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada ~ Highlands of Durham Games & Festival
  • July 26 to 27, Enumclaw, WA ~ Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games
  • July 27 to 29, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada ~ New Brunswick Highland Games
  • July 30 to August 4, Monterey, CA ~ Monterey Bay School of Piping

Tomorrow, Princes Diana and her memorial tartan…

July 2, 2008 07:09 - Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Tartan

For most people, blue is their favorite color. For Diana, with those big blue eyes, this was probably also true. Red also ranks right up there in popularity. So a selection of lighter blue tartans, with a touch of red, is in order.

For a baby blue, Diana, The Princess of Wales, Memorial Tartan is a good choice. Designed in 1997 to commemorate the life of Diana and to raise money for her many charities.



Diana, The Princess of Wales, Memorial Tartan WR2515

The groom and groomsmen could wear Highland Granite or Douglas Clan tartan kilts.


Highland Granite Universal Tartan


Douglas Clan Tartan WR1127

Just add red roses, a favorite of women and of Scots everywhere, and the Diana Tartan is complete ~


Image courtesy Wikipedia

Or some Forget-Me-Nots, which would be quite appropriate ~


Forget-Me-Nots image courtesy Wikipedia

Lily of the Valley is another good choice to go with the memorial tartan ~


Lily of theValley image courtesy Morgue Files

Bluebells are found in wooded areas throughout the British Isles. Diana possibly ran among them in her childhood.


Virginia bluebells image courtesy Wikipedia


Next week, more blue tartans to follow. Tomorrow, the William Wallace speech as we prepare for Independence Day…

July 3, 2008 07:58 - William Wallace

Hero of the movie Braveheart, William Wallace, lived from 1270 to 1305. Through the years he has been revered in Scotland as a hero. The movie made him a folk hero around the world.

In 1477, a poet called 'Blind Harry' wrote an poem of nine volumes, celebrating the life and death of William Wallace. Down through the ages, The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace has been respected as a fine piece of historical poetry. Blind Harry claimed his work was based on a book by John Blair, a boyhood friend of Wallace and his personal chaplain.

In turn Randall Wallace wrote the novel on which the move Braveheart was written. Some fan of Wallace and the movie has transcribed Wallace's speech before the Highland troops as he encouraged them to stand against the British once and for all.

Sons of Scotland,
I am William Wallace.

Crowd: William Wallace is seven feet tall.

Yes, I've heard….kills men by the hundreds,
and if he were here he'd consume the English
with fireballs from his eyes
and bolts of lightning from his arse.

I AM William Wallace!

And I see a whole army of my countrymen
here in defiance of tyranny.

You have come to fight as free men,
and free men you are.
What would you do without freedom?
Will you fight?

Crowd: Fight? Against that?
No, we will run; and we will live.

Aye, fight and you may die.
Run and you'll live -- at least a while.

And dying in your beds many years from now,
would you be willing to trade all the days from this day
to that for one chance, just one chance to come back here
and tell our enemies that they may take our lives,
but they'll never take... our freedom!

Tomorrow, a replay of America's red, white and blue tartans…

July 4, 2008 07:34 - American Independence

Tartans celebrating America, or those with a red, white, and blue theme seem a good topic for today's blog, even though it's a repeat of last year's July 4th blog ~

Lochcarron of Scotland has created a line of special emblem tartans, including The Great Seal of America.







There are 6 others, which are very patriotic in color and name. Over the years they have been designed for and by Americans ~ American, American with Eagle, American Bicentennial Commemorative, American National, Scottish American, and United States.

These can all be viewed at Scottish Wedding Dreams, on the American Tartans page.

One other universal tartan with red, white, and blue is Diaspora #2690. House of Edgar designed Diaspora tartan for a clothing manufacturer.






Monday, more blue tartans...

July 7, 2008 09:01 - More Blue Tartans ~ Part II

Bell of the Borders & Blue Toon offer two more blue tartans. Like Diana, a lovely lighter shade of blue is found in the Bell family tartan, while Toon adds purple to the sett.


Bell of the Borders Family Tartan WR1489

Still using a light shade of blue, but with purple added in, Blue Toon is a subtle yet bright combination to build a color scheme around. This tartan was designed for the people of Peterhead, Scotland's most easterly point.

The people of Peterhead were called Blue Mogganers. As fishermen, they wore blue clothing and coarse blue stockings over their sea boots. ~ thus the blue background. The white signifies the white fish catches. The pink reflects the pink granite used in the town's architecture. While gold is for the sunrise.


Blue Toon 3171

Again red roses, plus lilacs in white and shades of lavender would build a nice color theme for the Blue Toon tartan.


Image courtesy Wikipedia


Image courtesy Wikipedia

Some other white flowers include ~


Queen Anne's Lace image courtesy Wikipedia


White Roses image courtesy Morgue Files

White Heather Boutonnieres are quite popular in Scotland ~


White Heather image courtesy Scottish White Heather Company


White Heather image courtesy Clipart

Tomorrow, more blue tartans and flowers…

July 8, 2008 09:26 - More Blue Tartans ~ Part III

The Musselburgh District tartan is another blue tartan ~


Musselburgh District Tartan WR620

Moving into brighter shades of blue, MacMillan and the U.S. Air Force Pipe Band tartans invite brighter blue flowers, whether they're roses, cornflowers, or bachelor buttons.


Blue Tartan 1420 (MacMillan Sept)


Air Force Reserve Pipe Band USA WR2437

Blue flowers you can select from ~


Blue Roses image courtesy Stock Exchange


Blue & White Flowers image courtesy Clipart


Bachelor Button image courtesy Wikipedia


Other blue flower choices include ~


Sky Blue Petunia image source unknown


Blue Iris image courtesy Wayside Gardens


BlueTulip image courtesy Wayside Gardens

Plumbago is usually available at nursery centers during the summer months


Plumbago image source unknown


Mixed Bouquet image courtesy Morgue Files

The reds, yellows, whites, and other colors in these tartans can be picked up and introduced in the flowers, jewelry, and beads added to almost any of the hair adornments or headdresses.

Tomorrow, the Anderson blue tartans…

July 9, 2008 07:40 - The Anderson Blue Tartans

The name Anderson is derived from 'son of Andrew'. In the Highlands they became MacAndrew. In the Lowland, their name evolved into Anderson.

They can be traced back to around 1400. Their Clan Badge is the oak and their motto is "Stand Sure".

A great bowman, named John MacAndrew of Dalnahatnich, is one of the most renowned clansmen. Around 1670 he killed most of the raiders of Lochaber who plundered Badenoch and stole their cattle.

The Anderson clan tartans offer a slightly darker shade of blue, with red/orange highlights


Anderson Clan Old Tartan WR1347


Anderson Clan Tartan WR1348


Anderson Clan WR1349


Anderson Clan Tartan WR1350


Anderson Clan Tartan WR1392


Anderson Clan Tartan WR1393


Anderson Clan Tartan WR1394


Anderson Clan Tartan WR1395


Anderson of Kenneddar Hunting Clan Tartan WR1396


Anderson Clan Tartan WR1397


Anderson Clan Tartan WR1660

Tomorrow, the Princesses Beatrice…

July 10, 2008 06:46 - Princess Beatrice ~ Part I

Beatrice is a popular name in Great Britain. Probably the most popular is the children's author, Beatrix Potter. There have also been two royal princesses named Beatrice.

They are Princess Beatrice of York, daughter of The Duke and Duchess of York (better known as Sarah Ferguson or Fergie). The other was the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore.

Princess Beatrice the elder was the daughter of Queen Victoria. Victoria's father served as commander of troops in Strathearn and North America. [See June 30, 2008 blog for the Strathearn tartan he often wore] Princess Beatrice the younger had a Scottish great-grandmother, who was the Queen Mother of Queen Elizabeth II.

There is a Princess Beatrice tartan, which I suspect belonged to the Princess Beatrice, daughter of Victoria. It's a Royal Hunting tartan, which would be more in line with the Victorian Beatrice than the contemporary princess. If I were Princess Beatrice the younger, I suspect I would wear my ancestor's tartan.

The Princess Beatrice Hunting Tartan could be combined with any of the three following tartans for a smart Scottish theme.


Beatrice Hunting Royal Family Tartan WR545


As the symbol of Scotland this would be an appropriate choice ~


Lochcarron Emblem Thistle Tartan

To continue the hunting theme of the Beatrice tartan ~


Lochcarron Stag Emblem Tartan

Or playing on the royalty of Beatrice ~


Lochcarron Rampant Lion Emblem Tartan

Coordinating the Beatrice tartan with any of these three, yellow roses, and blue silk, would create a gorgeous color scheme for a Scottish theme wedding. The greenery in the bouquets would also accent the green in the Beatrice tartan.

Tomorrow, the Princesses Beatrice continues…

July 11, 2008 08:24 - The Princesses Beatrice ~ Part II

Princess Beatrice of York is also the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II. As the fifth grandchild, she is fifth in the line of succession to the British throne. Beatrice is also the first female in the line of succession.

Queen Elizabeth II granted arms to Princess Beatrice of York in 2006. The arms are similar to those of Princess Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore. The younger Beatrice has added a five-point argent in the center. The five points designate her as the fifth in line of succession to the throne. The three bees are a type of pun on her name, Beatrice, plus, on her mother's side, the Ferguson Arms feature a bee on the crest.


Princess Beatrice of York Arms

Prince William of Wales, has a three-point argent as the eldest son of the eldest son in the line of succession. In the center is a red escallop, which is on the Spencer arms, in honor of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

Beatrice leads a semi-private life, with some public appearances, especially events commemorating her aunt, Diana. It's also rumored she may be starting a line of fashion clothing, which would place her in her mother's footsteps.

By comparison the arms of Beatrice the elder contains a shield, which was removed by George V in 1917. The three point argent bears bore red roses and a red heart in the center.


Princess Beatrice of York Arms


Monday, the Beatrice saga continues…

July 14, 2008 10:15 - Princess Beatrice ~ Part III

Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore was fifth daughter and youngest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Queen Victoria caused quite a controversy over Beatrice's birth. Victoria announced she would seek relief from labor pains by the use of chloroform. Chloroform was considered dangerous for both mother and child. The Church of England and medical authorities frowned upon its use.

In her journal, a few weeks after Beatrice's deliver, Victoria reported, "I was amply rewarded and forgot all I had gone through when I heard dearest Albert say 'It's a fine child, and a girl!'"

A favorite of both parents, Beatrice was only four years old when her father died. Queen Victoria came to rely on Beatrice for company as the older daughters had married and departed.

Victoria determined her youngest daughter would not marry. Among those who sought her hand were Napoleon Eugene, son of Napoleon III, and Louis IV, widower of her older sister, Alice. Louis died in the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879.

Tomorrow the tragic life of Princess Beatrice continues…

July 15, 2008 06:29 - Princess Beatrice ~ Part IV

When Beatrice told her mother of her plans to marry, the Queen retreated into silence. For seven months Victoria communicated via written notes to Beatrice.

Finally the Queen relented and in 1896 Beatrice married Prince Henry of Battenberg. Victoria's stipulation was that they make their home with her and Beatrice continue as Victoria's unofficial secretary.

Princess Beatrice in her wedding dress, painted by Osborne in 1885. Beatrice wore her mother's wedding veil of Honiton lace.


Image courtesy Wikipedia

As portrayed in this painting, the wedding gown wasn't particularly memorable. I do hope it was prettier in person.

Beatrice and Henry had four children ~ Alexander Mountbatten the Marquess of Carisbrook, Victoria Eugenie the Queen of Spain, Lord Leopold Mountbatten, and Prince Maurice of Battenberg who died in action during World War I.

In 1896, ten years after their marriage, Henry died of malaria while fighting the Anglo-Asante War.

Beatrice remained with her mother until Victoria's death in 1901. She then spent 30 years editing Victoria's journals. Beatrice died at 87 in 1944, outliving her siblings and many of her children.

Talk about a bittersweet life…loves lost, an overpowering mother, two sons preceding her in death…yet she appears to have been content and at peace with her life.

Tomorrow, the story of John Brown, servant and companion of Queen Victoria…

July 16, 2008 09:38 - John Brown ~ Part I


Image courtesy Wikipedia

Resplendent in his kilt three piece suit, fur sporran, and his tartan draped over his arm. He seems to exude the loyalty, truth, and bravery attested to on his memorial statue. Also note his Balmoral bonnet lying on the ground.

John Brown was born in Crathie, Aberdeenshire and worked as a ghillie, or outdoor servant at Balmoral. When Victoria and Albert purchased Balmoral Castle, he was part of the staff the also acquired with the castle.

The Brown tartan from an 1850 book ~


Brown Clan Tartan WR432

As Prince Albert recognized and appreciated Brown's competence and companionship, a bond formed between them. When Albert died and Victoria slipped deeper and deeper into mourning, Victoria's family and ministers sent for Brown, hoping he could help. As he absorbed more responsibility in the Queen's life, Victoria's children and ministers resented his influence and the informal manner in which he treated their queen.

John Brown is also credited with inventing a cocktail of claret wine and Scotch whisky. Victoria claimed it was her favorite "tipple".

Even though stories circulated, and still do, about an improper relationship between the two, Victoria also became attached to Abdul Karim, an Indian servant who joined her after her Golden Jubilee. The tales say he was even more hated the John Brown.

Tomorrow the continuing saga of John Brown and Queen Victoria…

July 17, 2008 06:59 - John Brown ~ Part II

Victoria did admire and appreciate John Brown. On her death bed, she ordered the doctor to place a lock of Brown's hair, his photograph, and a ring in her coffin. The ring had been worn by Brown's mother and Brown had given it to Victoria.

A 1997 film, Mrs. Brown is a fictional story of John Brown. Billy Connolly and Dame Judi Dench starred. A 1950 movie, The Mudlark, features Queen Victoria, Benjamin Disraeli, and John Brown.

Upon Brown's death, Victoria send a wreath to Scotland to be placed on his coffin. The wreath read, "A tribute of loving, grateful and everlasting friendship and affection from his truest, best and most faithful friend, Victoria R&I".

Victoria also commissioned a statue to stand at Balmoral. Joseph Boehm created the statue showing Brown bareheaded and in Highland garb. Lord Tennyson prepared the inscription ~

Friend more than Servant, Loyal, Truthful, Brave,
Self less than Duty, even to the grave.

Two other registered Brown tartans ~


Campbell Brown Family Tartan WR1822


Campbell Brown Personal Tartan of Captain Campbell
of the Blythswood Family WR17

Tomorrow, the romantic song, I Remember You

July 18, 2008 08:24 - I Remember You

Beginning December 13, 2007 I began a discussion of sentimental, romantic songs written by men of Scottish origin, including Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer. Christmas and its lovely tartans interrupted the dialogue, and afterward January drifted off to Scottish ladies and their deeds.

Well, the other day I found myself singing 'I Remember You'. Then I remembered it was in my 'to be published' files.

As a reminder, Johnny Mercer was a direct descendant of Hugh Mercer, physician to George Washington during the American Revolution. Hugh was also a survivor of the Battle of Culloden.

Johnny also co-founded Capitol Records in 1942 along with Buddy DeSylva and Glen Wallichs.

Originally recorded for the movie The Fleet's In, with Dorothy Lamour, William Holden, and Betty Hutton in her feature film debut, 'I Remember You' was a great success. In the movie Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, the background music featured the song. In 1962, Frank Ifield's rendition hit #1 on the UK charts for 7 weeks.

A list of some of the artists who recorded 'I Remember You' shows a wide selections of genre, reflecting how universal it is. 'I Remember You' was recorded by ~

  • Tony Bennett
  • Glen Campbell
  • Nat King Cole
  • Bing Crosby
  • Doris Day
  • Jimmy Dorsey
  • John Denver
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • The Four Freshman
  • Art Garfunkel
  • Stan Getz
  • Jackie Gleason
  • Eydie Gorme
  • Dorothy Lamour
  • Peggy Lee
  • Bette Midler
  • Charlie Parker
  • Andre' Previn
  • Kenny Rogers
  • Artie Shaw
  • Sarah Vaughan
  • Bobby Venton
  • Margaret Whiting
  • Slim Whitman

Of course Johnny Mercer and even The Beatles also recorded the song.

Now for another dreamy, dance tune that seems to float through the air of a lovely wedding reception…


I Remember You

I remember you
You're the one who made my dreams come true
A few kisses ago

I remember you
You're the one who said I love you too
Didn't you know

I remember too
A distant bell
And stars that fell
Like rain out of the blue
(I miss you darling)

When my life is through
And the angels ask me to recall
The thrill of them all
Then I will tell them I remember you

written by Victor Schertzinger and Johnny Mercer

July 21, 2008 09:54 - Victorian Beauty Pins

Since women first donned anything beyond a simple leine, [See Scottish Wedding Dreams Glossary ~ leine}, they've needed something to secure closures and attach one article of clothing to another.

I've gone with my daughter-in-law to pre-Revolutionary War historical gatherings. We used brass pins that were converted brass paper clips.

In the Victorian Era, the pins got fancier and acquired a name ~ Beauty Pins. They were also called Lingerie Pins and Beauty Bars.

Here's an interesting article from the May 16, 1916 New York Times, entitled
'Duty on Beauty Pins' ~

Beauty pins, one of the latest Paris novelties, have proved a hard line of merchandise to classify under the tariff. These goods consist of ornaments in the form of bows and similar designs, I chief value of silk, and of cotton and artificial silk with metal clasp to fasten the same to the clothing. After several conferences with the customs officials, Collector Malone decided that the goods would have to stand duty at 60 per cent as ornaments designed to be worn on or about the person, or attached to wearing apparel. The handlers here of the goods claimed that the duty accrued at 45 per cent as manufactures of silk. 30 per cent as manufactures of cotton or at 20 per cent as metal manufactures. The collector yesterday passed the disputed classification along to the Board of General Appraisers for settlement.

Recently, while looking at heirloom sewing sites, I discovered Victorian Beauty Pins, also called Baby Beauty Pins due to their use in girl's heirloom dresses. Women wearing traditional costumes, including wedding gowns can also use them.

Some sources I've found are ~

Artazia's Store Front at Amazon.com, featuring Ayala's Timeless Beauty Pins. Though of contemporary design, the are made of glass beads, Austrian crystals, and semi-precious stones.


Image courtesy Artazia's Store Front


Image courtesy Artazia's Store Front

Elegant Heirlooms by Mattie

Heirloom Sewing Supplies, including styles that can be engraved

Baby Beauty Pins by Bessie Mary

Precious Beauty Pins by Sylvia

Heirloom Sewing for Children

Ruby Lane antique Victorian Beauty Pins


Image courtesy Ruby Lane

A Very Merry Seamstress and Sapphire and Sage both offer custom jewelry services for reproduction pieces.

Another source would be to watch Ebay and other auctions for antique brooches. Some Beauty Pins will show up, but listed only as brooches or pins. Also some local antique shops might have some.

Tomorrow, Victorian Cake Pulls…

July 22, 2008 08:31 - Wodehouse on Haggis

Wodehouse on Haggis

Having done a lot of blogging on tartans this month, I felt that at least one blog should be on food. On June 28th and 29th, 2007, some ideas, recipes, and sources for Haggis were presented.

P.G. Wodehouse, a British humorist is best remembered for his Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels. But his quote on Haggis cannot be surpassed ~

"The fact that I am not a haggis addict is probably due to my having read Shakespeare. It is the same with many Englishmen. There is no doubt that Shakespeare has rather put us off the stuff.... You remember the passage to which I refer? Macbeth happens upon the three witches while they are preparing the evening meal. They are dropping things into the cauldron and chanting "Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog," and so on, and he immediately recognises the recipe. "How now, you secret, black and midnight haggis," he cries shuddering.

This has caused misunderstandings and has done an injustice to haggis. Grim as it is, it is not as bad as that-- or should not be. What the dish really consists of -- or should consist of -- is the more intimate parts of a sheep chopped up fine and blended with salt, pepper, nutmeg, onions, oatmeal, and beef suet. But it seems to me that there is a grave danger of the cook going all whimsey and deciding not to stop there. When you reflect that the haggis is served up with a sort of mackintosh round it, concealing its contents, you will readily see that the temptation to play a practical joke on the boys must be almost irresistible. Scotsmen have their merry moods, like all of us, and the thought must occasionally cross the cook's mind that it would be no end of a lark to shove in a lot of newts and frogs and bats and dogs and then stand in the doorway watching the poor simps wade into them....

An odd thing--ironical, you might say-- in connection with haggis is that it is not Scottish. In an old cook book, published 1653, it is specifically mentioned as an English dish called haggas or haggus, while France claims it as her mince (hachis) going about under an alias…


The Victorian Cake Pull information will begin tomorrow…

July 23, 2008 05:53 - Victorian Cake Pulls

When I found out about these, I really got excited. Victorian brides would collect appropriate bracelet charms and string them on fancy ribbons.


Image courtesy Sterling Trends

As the wedding cake was put together, the ribbons would be laid under the bottom layer, with the charms hidden under the cake and the pretty ribbons hanging down around the cake.

Before the cake was cut by the bride and groom, the bridesmaids would each 'pull' a ribbon and keep whatever charm she had selected. The charm she pulled supposedly told her fortune, as each charm had a meaning.

Other suggestions are to include the parents and other family members of both the bride and groom, best friends who may not have been in the wedding party, children attending the wedding, even as favors for your wedding guests.

Tomorrow, Victorian Cake Pulls Continues with the Meanings of Charms…

July 24, 2008 07:47 - Charms for Victorian Cake Pulls

Here's some of the charms for the Victorian Cake Pulls written about yesterday ~ some have traditional meanings, others are symbols of Scotland.

  • Anchor ~ Stable Life


    Image courtesy Finedings

  • Bible ~ a Christ Centered Marriage, Bride's Pledge to Defend the Home [see Scottish Wedding Traditions ~ Ceremony Customs ~ Pledge and Protect]

  • Bride & Groom ~ a Happy Marriage and Family

  • Captain's Wheel ~ Shows Confidence


    Image courtesy Chains and Charms

  • Chimney Sweep or Ladder and Brush ~ Good Luck


    Image courtesy Good Luck Creations

  • Claddagh ~ Friendship, Love, & Loyalty


    Image courtesy Celtic Shop

  • Cross ~ Life of Peace and Tranquility

  • Heart ~ Your Love is True


    Image courtesy Elizabeth Scottish Jewelry

  • Horseshoe ~ Good Luck and Prosperity


    Image courtesy Finedings

  • Rocking Chair ~ Long Life

    Here's a more complete listing of Cake Pull Charms

    Coming tomorrow, ideas about giving the charms and what to do with them…


July 25, 2008 07:46 - Victorian Cake Pulls ~ Ideas & Sources

Anyway you give them, cake pulls are fun. Fun giving, fun receiving. The giving of Victorian Cake Charms can take many paths
  • from the bride to her bridesmaids
  • from the bridal couple to their mothers
  • from the bridal couple to special friends
  • from the bridal couple to all the girls present
  • wedding favors for all the guests
  • from the groom as fairings or tokens during the engagement
  • from the groom to the bride as a wedding gift
  • from the groom to the bride over the years to celebrate important days

The ways to use your cake pull charms are almost endless.

If you have a few, expensive ones that you'd like to highlight here's some suggestions

Floral Fantasy by Bindy Lambell


Image courtesy Bead and Button magazine April 2003

Vivid Memory by Gloria Farver


Image courtesy Bead and Button magazine December 2005

Perfect Partners by Mindy Brooks


Image courtesy Bead and Button magazine June 2001l

Though this one has no charms in the dangles, you could easily add them.

These examples are from Bead and Button magazine. Their contact information ~
Phone (to purchase back issues) ~ 800-533-6644

Web address ~ Bead and Button

  • charm holders
  • charm pins
  • beaded necklaces

  • chain necklaces, bracelets, or ankle bracelets

For more complete ideas go to Scottish Wedding Dreams Cake Pull Ideas.


Scottish Wedding Traditions are listed with some background information on them at Scottish Wedding Dreams.


All the Victorian Cake Pull information can be found on Scottish Wedding Dreams

Coming Monday, Sources for Buying Cake Pull Charms…

July 28, 2008 06:33 - Victorian Cake Pull Sources

There are many sources for charms to use as Victorian Cake Pulls. They originate in Scotland, here in the U.S., and even in New Zealand.

Some are unique, some are bountiful in their selections, others offer only Scottish charms, while a few antique charm companies also exist.

Border Reivers stole Highland cattle back and forth for years ~ it was a way of life. How about a Highland Cattle charm?

Isn't just about everyone intrigued by Scottish Terriers, better known as Scotty dogs? There's even a Scotty dog charm.

Artbead has inexpensive charms.

Ruby Lane has an antique Scottish agate and gold-gilt padlock pendant from the 1800's.

[Editor’s Note, 6-4-10, this website has been removed from the internet]

John Christian specializes in diamond charms, as does Diamond Harmony.

Sterling Trends offers individual charms, plus a wedding set which includes

  • Anchor
  • Cross
  • Dollar Tree
  • Four Leaf Clover
  • Heart
  • Magic Lamp
  • Rocking Chair
  • Wedding Bells

For more charms, Victorian Cake Pull Sources lists over 40 online companies selling charms.

Tomorrow, instructions for fabricating your cake pull charms and inserting them under your cake charms…

July 29, 2008 06:09 - Victorian Cake Pull Instructions

How do you place the cake pulls under the cake? Won't there be a gooey mess when the charms are pulled? Will there be silver tarnish on the bottom layer of the cake?

How do you attach the ribbons to the charms? Are there any decorative knots you can use to tie the ribbon ends?

Who participates in the charm pull?

This is supposed to be fun, so all these questions are answered at Scottish Wedding Dreams Cake Pull Instructions.

All the guess work is settled, simple knots or fancy knots can finish off the charm ribbons. Find sources to tie various knots ~ shamrock, Turk's head, monkey fist, Josephine , sailor's, double eight, even the pendant hitch.

There's even a source for using Celtic knot tying as stress relief ~ and what bride doesn't need a few reminders there?

Read about other Scottish Wedding Cake Traditions.

Coming tomorrow, Highland clan crest badges for cake pull charms…

July 30, 2008 07:05 - Clan Crest Charms for Cake Pulls


The significance and meanings of Clan Crest Badges can be found at Celtic Studio at Ebay

You'll find a photo of the badge, a description of the badge, the motto and translation, the clan plant [if known], and other information on some of the badges.



Image courtesy Celtic Studio

If they don't have your clan listed, try these two sources for more information ~

Scottish Wedding Dreams Clan Plants


Scottish Wedding Dreams Clan Mottos

If you want to use your clan badge, here's two other sources that sell them ~

4 Crests

The Irish Jewelry Company

If you don't want to use your clan badge, you can still use the information to see what symbols are on your clan badge, what your clan plant is, the clan motto ~ all can give you clues toward other symbols you can search for to use as your cake pulls.

Tomorrow, I'll discuss some of the images on the badge and other Medieval Heraldry Symbols you can use as Cake Pull Charms…

July 31, 2008 06:21 - Dissecting Clan Crest Badges for Cake Pull Charms

Please note, this is a vast subject, far beyond my knowledge or the scope of my blog and website. I'm not claiming to be expert, not even mildly. This is simply information a bride and groom can use to select various items for their wedding.

Yesterday, the Currie Clan Crest Badge was displayed, with a few suggestions about how one could be used. For more ideas Cake Pull Charms has more information.

This example, from Celtic Studios at Ebay



Image courtesy Celtic Studio
suggests some ideas for cake pull charms.

First the motto 'My Hope is Constant in Thee' ~ hope is one of three charms combined in the 'Faith, Hope, and Charity' charm. For it's meaning, the cross is for faith, the anchor is the strength of hope, and the heart is our capacity for charity.


Image courtesy Any Religious Jewelry

You could also use the three symbols separately on invitations, stamped on table coverings, embroidered into the altar cloth ~ which could become a family heirloom for your children to use in the future ~ on your dress. You can also cross-reference the three with your flowers, which have those meanings.

Heraldry symbols that mean constancy are ~

  • Chequy [checkered]
  • Column
  • Compony, Gobbon [small squares of two colors alternating in one row]
  • Cubes
  • Dice
  • Dove
  • Lozenge [diamond shape narrower than long]
  • Lozengy [completely covered in lozenges]
  • Pillar
  • Raven
  • Square

That's really only basic five designs ~ squares, columns, doves, lozenges, and ravens.

Next there's the belt and buckle around the edge. You'll find this symbol on all clan badges ~ it's declaring you belong to the Laird of the clan and pledge to serve him and his needs. In all heraldry, the buckle signifies victorious fidelity in authority.

Under the castle is a wreath, also called a wreathy, which is two colors twisted together as a decorative band to support another symbol.

The castle itself signifies grandeur, solidity, or safety, while the sword symbolizes
one who pursues honor and virtue in a just and generous manner while involved in warlike deeds. The bent, armoured arm declares a person with leadership qualities.

So within this one badge, you have eleven possibilities of symbols to look for as charms for cake pulls.

Tomorrow, August Highland Games and Festivals…

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