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January 4, 2010 06:42 - January Highland Games

Found mostly in southern climes this time of year, the games are varied, well attended, and still very informative. There will be plenty of pipers, clan tents, Scottish foods, and lots of really nifty things to look at and buy. And many tartans swirling as the men walk along.

  • January 1, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia ~ Maryborough Highland Gathering
  • January 1, Waipu, New Zealand ~ Waipu Highland Games
  • January 10, Fort Lauderdale, FL ~ Southeast Florida Scottish Festival & Games
  • January 14 to 31, Glasgow, Scotland ~ Celtic Connections
  • January 16 to 18, Kansas City, Missouri ~Winter Storm: The Pipes & Drums Concert
  • January 17 to 18, Winter Springs, FL ~ Central Florida Scottish Highland Games

    Among the various events are Scottish Country Dancing


    Courtesy Central Florida Scottish Highland Games

    I’ve seen "Ugliest Knees" contests, but this a first for Shortbread Competition


    Courtesy Central Florida Scottish Highland Games

  • January 23, Fort Meyers, FL ~ Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival

    Wherever they go, Albannach is always a big hit


    Albannach courtesy Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival

    The newsroom reported on Albannach December 13, 2008, followed by December 16th suggestions for their music in a Grand March.

  • January 26, North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia ~ Australia Day Celtic Festival
  • January 27 to 31, Dublin, Ireland ~ Temple Bar TradFest


    John McEvoy courtesy Temple Bar TradFest

  • January 30, Turakina, New Zealand ~ Turakina Highland Games

    Wherever you go, the Caber Toss is always a popular event


    Courtesy Turakina Highland Games

    The Rangitikei Pipe Band chose to wear Australian Slouch Hats, which have been popular with the Scottish Regiments stationed in Australia, even back in the 19th century.


    Courtesy Turakina Highland Games

For more detailed information about the listed events, go to

Coming tomorrow, more ideas about last Friday’s wedding gown…

January 5, 2010 07:33 - Mature Bridal Ensemble Ideas ~ Part I

Continuing with last Wednesday, December 31, ideas for a mature bride, following are some available patterns and suggestions.

This jacket from Butterick possibly comes closest to the costume seen in Because I Said So. It may have been shorter to accommodate the overly full skirt. And ruffles would need to be added on the collar and cuffs.


Butterick pattern 3737

A Vogue pattern showing a dressier jacket with small, bridal buttons and a touch of lace on the stand-up, Mandarin collar. The length is also better for a formal, bridal ensemble with the extra full skirt.


Vogue pattern 7798

This Mary Queen of Scots portrait comes closest to portray the whole image being discussed. Of course, it’s not all in white, but you can get the idea of a formal, silky white ensemble and how elegant it could be.


Mary Queen of Scots book plate #3

Coming tomorrow, more ideas and patterns for this bridal ensemble…

January 6, 2010 07:51 - Mature Bridal Ensemble Ideas ~ Part II

The jacket styling of Marfy 1607, this princess line jacket with flared cuffs and ruffled neckline could easily compliment the full skirt.


Butterick’s Marfy pattern 1607

With the slight flare along the hemline of jacket 2911 and smaller bridal buttons this jacket could also go with the full skirt.


Vogue pattern 2911

The lines and fitted waist on jacket 8614 make it another possibility for a feminine jacket. A ruffle could be run around the collar and down the right front. Possibly even continued around the hemline of the jacket.


Vogue pattern 8614

The curves on the neckline, cuffs, and bottom edge of jacket 2975 all add small touches of individuality, as would self-covered bridal buttons.


Vogue pattern 2975

While being very business like, the shoulder detailing breaks up jacket 8134. A Mandarin collar with a self-ruffle and smaller bridal self-covered buttons would feminize and soften the look of the jacket.


Vogue pattern 8134

Coming tomorrow, The Lion Hunter of Fort Augustus…


January 7, 2010 06:58 - The Lion Hunter of Fort Augustus ~ Part I

Roualeyn George Gordon-Cumming, the son of Sir William Gordon Gordon-Cumming of Altyre and Gordonstoun, was born in 1820. At eighteen, in 1838, he joined the East India Company as a cornet in the Madras Light Cavalry. Some reports say India didn’t suit him and he left after two years, returning to Scotland. Others report he stayed and went on adventures for five years before returning to Scotland.

Some tell deer-stalking in Scotland was too tame, so in 1843 he joined the Cape Mounted Rifles, going once again to India. Chaffing with a lack of absolute freedom, he sold his commission at the end of the year. With an ox wagon and a few native followers he set out for the interior. Hunting chiefly in Bechuanaland and the valley of the Limpopo River, Roualeyn found these areas plentiful with big game.

Another version tells of his yearning for big game and adventure. So he became an Ensign in the Royal Veteran Newfoundland Companies and traveled to North America to hunt bison, wapiti and elk. After one season, he transferred to the Cape Mounted Rifles and was reassigned in Africa.

Whichever version is true, or is a mix of many versions, it seems Roualeyn was of great size and strength, which gave him a magnificent appearance. Add to this a vigorous, independent nature, and you have a man larger than life. The nickname, The Lion Hunter, was well deserved and appropriate.

His portrait can be viewed at AmBaile.

It’s told Roualeyn would tackle animals to retrieve them. He dragged a wounded hippopotamus from a pool by cutting loops in it’s flank, passing leather thongs through the loops, and, with his men, dragging it to land.

Another time he seized an enormous python by the tail to dray it from the rocks it was escaping into.

Roualeyn wrote his story Five Years of a Hunter: Life in the Far Interior of South Africa, published in 1850. David Livingstone furnished mostof Roualeyn’s guides. When Roualeyn‘s book was criticized as a work of fiction, Livingstone wrote, "I have no hesitation in saying that Mr. Cumming’s book conveys a truthful idea of South African hunting."

Roualeyn’s book was reprinted in an abridged form in 1856 as The Lion Hunter of South AfricaTomorrow, the tale of The Lion Hunter continues…

January 8, 2010 06:31 - The Lion Hunter of Fort Augustus ~ Part II

Continuing the saga of Roualeyn Gordon Gordon-Cumming, native Scotsman, lion hunter, who was larger-than-life both physically and in his personality ~

Roualeyn wrote his story Five Years of a Hunter: Life in the Far Interior of South Africa, published in 1850. David Livingstone furnished most of Roualeyn’s guides. When Roualeyn‘s book was criticized as a work of fiction, Livingstone wrote, "I have no hesitation in saying that Mr. Cumming’s book conveys a truthful idea of South African hunting."

Roualeyn’s book was reprinted in an abridged edition in 1856 as The Lion Hunter of South Africa and was frequently reprinted as late as 1904.

Whatever year he did return home to Scotland, Roualeyn exhibited his hunting trophies across the U.K., then settled in Fort Augustus. He opened an exhibit hall, displaying his collection.

His main viewers were travelers on The Caledonia Canal. Legend tells when a steamer was due, Roualeyn would walk along the canal, wearing full Highland dress, with a large tame goat in tow, and invite visitors to his exhibition.

At the age of 46, he died at Fort Augustus, in 1866. P.T. Barnum purchased Roualeyn’s trophies and specimens for exhibition.

An e-book about Roualeyn’s attack on four lions can be read at
Bored.com.

Harper’s Magazine has several articles about The Lion Hunter and his encounters with lions, giraffe, elephants, snakes, and buffalo. These can be accessed at Harper‘s.

Christie’s has auctioned a Staffordshire porcelain of The Lion Slayer, c. 1860. Roualeyn is portrayed in a plaid kilt and green cloak, a sword in his left hand, a dead lion at his feet, with a title on the base. The figurine is mounted as a lamp.

In attitude, it’s quite similar to the AmBaile portrait mentioned yesterday.


Roualeyn Gordon Gordon-Cumming porcelain courtesy Christies

Monday, read more about Fort Augustus…


January 11, 2010 08:08 - Fort Augustus, Home of The Lion Hunter

Fort Augustus sits in the Highlands at the south-west end of Loch Ness, making tourism a primary means of income. Tourism also supported Roualeyn Gordon Gordon-Cumming as he spent his last years at Fort Augustus, running and promoting his exhibition.

Notice the last part of his name, Cumming. This derived from Cummin.

Originally the town was called Kiliwhimin, the modern Gaelic name is Cill Chuimein. After the Jacobite Risings, the British renamed the town Fort Augustus.

The original name derivation has three different stories ~

  • The name derived from Saint Cummein who built a church on the location.
  • It was originally named Ku Chuimein after an abbot of Iona, who was of the Comyn clan. The Comyn clan badge refers to the cumin plant
  • The name Cill a’ Chuimein means Comyn’s burial place, after the last Comyn in Lochaber.

A settlement grew up around the British fort and also came to be called Fort Augustus. This illustration was drawn by James Boswell in 1770, as he toured the Highlands with Samuel Johnson.


Fort Augustus courtesy AmBaile

In 1867, the fort was sold to the Lovat family, who gave the site to the Benedictine monks in 1876. The Fort Augustus Abbey was abandoned in 1998.
Terry Nutkins, owner of the Lovat Arms Hotel, bought the abbey site. The hotel stands on the site of the old Kilwhimen Barracks built in 1718.

The Caledonian Canal connects Fort William on the west coast with Inverness on the east coast. The canal uses the lochs across Scotland, connected with manmade sections. Fort Augustus sits where Loch Ness flows into the Caledonian Canal.


Fort Augustus Caledonian Canal courtesy Wikipedia

Coming tomorrow, the Comyn and Cumming Clan Tartans…

January 12, 2010 07:47 - Comyn and Cumming Clan Tartans

Roualeyn Gordon Gordon-Cumming spent his last years at Fort Augustus, running and promoting his wildlife exhibition.

Notice the last part of Roualeyn’s surname, Cumming. This derived from Cummin. This at least partly explains why he settled in Fort Augustus, or in Gaelic Cill Chuimein.

Below are the tartans worn by the Comyns and Cummings ~


Comyn-Cumming-Buchanan Clan Tartan WR2012


Comyn Cumming Clan Tartan WR288


Comyn MacAulay Clan Tartan WR1157


Cumming Clan Tartan WR1158


Cumming of Glenorchy Clan Tartan WR507


Cumming Clan Tartan WR508


Cumming and Glenorchy Clan Tartan WR1902

January 13, 2010 06:24 - And a Lucky Sixpence for Her Shoe

Most of us are familiar with the Bridal Rhyme about what to wear

Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a lucky sixpence in her shoe

All five of these were to bring luck to the bride, if she wore them to her wedding. In Scotland, it was also traditional for the groom to carry a sixpence in his pocket, also for good luck.

If the bride wore a sixpence in her shoe, wealth was assured for her marriage. But, along the way, a problem arose. The sixpence was taken out of circulation and no longer minted. With time it became nearly impossible to find a sixpence. That problem has now been solved.

Similar to the ‘commemorative’ coin released by the Franklin Mint, a ‘Lucky Sixpence’ is now being minted. The coin is pure ‘fine’ silver and is based on the 1603 coin issued by the Union of the Crowns under the reign of James I.

It can be ordered in a royal blue box, thus fulfilling all the requirements of the rhyme. Based on an old coin, newly minted, borrowed from an old design, comes in a blue box, and is a sixpence.

Sealed with ribbon and sealing wax, a certificate comes with the coin.

Tomorrow, read more about the coin, how to order, other uses, and building family traditions…

January 14, 2010 06:39 - More About the Lucky Sixpence ~ Part II

This commemorative coin is minted in pure silver, hand burnished, and bears hallmarks from the Assay office.

Judged to be historically relevant, one is now a formal deposit in the National Museum of Scotland.


Scaravay Sixpence courtesy Scaravay

But how did this coin come to be newly minted? And, who’s minting it?

The Isle of Sgarabhaigh, pronounced Scaravay, sits among the Outer Hebrides, on the edge of the Little Minch, guarding the eastern approaches to the Sound of Harris. From her shores you can see the Scottish mainland, the Isle of Skye, North Uist and South Harris.

The island has been purchased and a means of money is needed to sustain and protect the island. Thus the sixpence coin was conceived as part of this sustainability.

There’s more about the island and other projects to help protect it, but for tomorrow, back to the sixpence…

January 15, 2010 04:44 - Uses for The Lucky Sixpence ~ Part III

Based on the 1603 issue, the coin is one inch in diameter, making for a big piece of discomfort in the bottom of a bride’s shoe. Some people are quicker than others, and these ‘quickies’ suggest the bride slip the coin in the side of her shoe, just as the ceremony begins, then removing it right after the ceremony.

Most brides wear their feet out completely on their wedding day and having the sixpence in her shoe could prove to be an irritant before those shoes finally come off.

If, after the ceremony, the bride is carrying a small pouch or bag, as shown in the July 11, 2007 blog, the sixpence could be slipped her bag. Or entrusted to the maid of honor or best man for safe keeping.

Other suggestions, primarily from the Scaravay website, for gifting the coin ~

  • thank you gifts for the wedding party members
  • a gift for each guest ~ which would work if you are having a very small wedding or a very large wedding budget
  • parents or grandparents of the bride and groom
  • a special gift placed in the hand of a new born, particularly the first born
  • for a child at their Christening Ceremony
  • a Silver Wedding Anniversary gift
  • a unique coin for the collector
  • converted into a pendant of someone special
  • and all the usual gifting days ~ birthdays, graduation, retirement, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, Christmas, or Valentine’s Day.

As a special remembrance, the bride’s coin could be made into a pendant. Then she could wear it daily, as a visible remembrance of her wedding day.

Monday, how to order the coin and more about the Isle of Sgarabhaigh…

January 18, 2010 06:10 - The Lucky Sixpence ~ Part IV

Not only is the Lucky Sixpence in the National Museum of Scotland, formal assay hallmarks have been added to validate their purity and add charm. The Birmingham Assay Office individually inspects each coin, guaranteeing it’s silver purity. Four elements of the hallmark are on the reverse side. These are a

Celtic sponsor mark for Scaravay


Scaravay FS Sponsor Mark
courtesy Scaravay

Anchor Hallmark of the Birmingham Assay Office


Birmingham Assay Office Hallmark
courtesy Scaravay

Britannia, the traditional U.K. symbol for silver


Britannia, the traditional U.K. symbol
for silver courtesy Scaravay

999, the assay mark proving the silver used is pure ‘fine’ silver


999 silver purity hallmark
Sixpence courtesy Scaravay

Each of these hallmarks sedately, even more so corporately, add to the value and collectability of the sixpence.

Coming tomorrow, more about the Lucky Sixpence and the symbolism in it‘s design…

January 19, 2010 06:59 - The Lucky Sixpence ~ Part V

For those who’ve been wondering, here’s both sides of the James I sixpence ~


Scaravay Sixpence courtesy Scaravay


Scaravay Sixpence courtesy Scaravay

And again, for comparison, here‘s the Scaravay sixpence


Scaravay Sixpence courtesy Scaravay

Every image on the coin has significance and meaning in terms of the island. These images meld both the ancient and modern history of Sgarabhaigh. The face, or obverse for you numismatists, is dedicated to the ecology of the island.

Sgarabhaigh is Gaelic for cormorant island, thus the cormorant replaces the usual monarch’s profile. The seal and the dolphin complete the story of the primary animals of the island.

The VID is, of course, a Roman 6, plus the ‘D’. In historic terms, ‘D’ signifies denarius, the penny of the Roman period. The VI is repeated under the cormorant’s wing, to reinforce it’s value.

Around the bottom edge, Lean Bhur Ashlig is Gaelic for ‘follow your dreams’, which is the motto of the Friends of Sgarabhaigh. Why place this on the coin? The "Friends" are following their dream to see the island preserved and carried forward as a significant part of Scotland and her history.

Tomorrow, the reverse side of the coin and all’s it’s meanings…


January 20, 2010 07:23 - The Lucky Sixpence ~ Part VI

Yesterday the face of the Scaravay sixpence was discussed. Today the reverse side will be dissected.

As in the original James I coin, the shield or escutcheon, is an important heraldic symbol. You can read more about heraldry and the symbols in the archives on August 18, 2008. More extensive information is also available on Scottish Wedding Dreams Heraldry page and many other online locations.

Within the shield are four historic links ~

  • Checkered pattern representing the Royal House of Scotland, the Stuarts, taken from their family crest
  • Stag’s Head representing the MacKenzies, who sold the island to the Friends of Sgarabhaigh
  • Castle representing the family of Dave Hill, the driving force and sponsor of the Friends of Sgarabhaigh
  • Harp, used on British coinage for centuries, representing the Celtic link with Ireland. This element is also found in the British Royal Crest.

The mottoes around the edge are also links to families.

  • Noblis Est Ira Leonis is the Stuart motto, meaning the wrath of the lion is honorable.
  • Luceo No Uro is the MacKenzie motto, meaning I shine but not burn.
  • Avencez is Hill motto, meaning Advance.

Coming tomorrow, the historical meanings for these symbols within the shield…

January 21, 2010 06:38 - The Lucky Sixpence ~ Part VII

Continuing with the reverse side of the Scaravay sixpence, each design has historical meaning within heraldry. And each symbol was chosen to add another dimension and meaning to the coin and the Sgarabhaigh project.

  • From the Stuart quadrant, the chequered design signifies constancy.
  • The stag head, from the MacKenzie clan crest signifies one who will not fight unless provoked, thus peace and harmony.
  • The castle is a symbol of safety and solidity. The island is a safe environment, free from predators, where animals have bred and lived for years.
  • The harp signifies a mystical bridge between heaven and earth, with this bridge apparent in the color and lighting changes as the weather changes around the island.

There’s one last idea about the lucky sixpence and a possible tradition a bride and groom could begin within their own family. Like the traditional Luckenbooth brooch, after being used by the bride on her wedding day, the sixpence can be kept for the christening of her daughters and passed to the eldest daughter on her wedding day. While the groom’s sixpence can be kept for the christening of sons and passed to the eldest son on his wedding day.

Adding to the sentimental value of the sixpence, the blue box with ribbon, and wax seal provides safe storage. Plus the signed certificate with the coin history, coin number, and the minting references will all add to it’s allure and charm for yourself and your future children.

This can be an inexpensive, yet cherished tradition that’s a small piece of Scotland’s heritage to remind each member of a family where there roots lie. As the children are taught about the sixpence, they can gain an understanding and appreciation for Scotland and their own past.

Beyond the Lucky Sixpence, the wider project of Friends of Sgarabhaigh incorporates the whole island, but that’s a story for tomorrow…

January 22, 2010 08:14 - The Island of Sgarabhaigh ~ Part I

Though purchased from a MacKenzie, the island sits in the middle of traditional MacLeod land. And why study about a land, without taking a look at the tartans associated with the clan.

There are many MacLeod tartans, I found twenty in the Scottish Tartans Register. Among those registered are clan tartans, dress tartans, arasaid tartan, regimental tartans, portrait tartans, and others. Here’s a sampling ~

MacLeod 1583


MacLeod Clan Tartan WR1583

This sett was used in 1777 by John MacKenzie, Lord MacLeod, when he raised the Lord MacLeod‘s Highlanders. In 1910, Chief Norman Magnus, 26th Chief, approved this tartan and it has since been the usual clan tartan.

MacLeod Portrait Tartan WR1173


MacLeod Portrait Tartan WR1173

MacLeod, MP for Inverness who voted against the Disarming Act of 1746, sat for a portrait by Allan Ramsay, THE Scottish portrait painter of the mid 1700’s. MacLeod chose to be painted in tartan, even though the wearing of tartan was illegal. Ramsay painted the compostion, face, and hands. Van Haecken added the costume. The fabric as an 11 yard bolt that had been order by MacLeod from Skye in 1747. Van Haecken also used this fabric for Ramsay portraits of John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun and Sir Francis Charteris.

MacLeod Tartan WR1268


MacLeod Portrait Tartan WR1268

In 1835, a posthumous portrait John Norman, 24th Chief of MacLeod, was painted. In the portrait, John Norman is portrayed in the costume he wore when George IV visited Edinburgh in 1833. This tartan appeared on the snuff box, and is believed to have had special significance for John Norman or his wife, Ann Stephenson. The portrait, thus the snuff box, thus the tartan, was located in Dunvegan Castle, on the Isle of Skye.

MacLeod Society of Scotland Centenary Tartan WR2375


MacLeod Society of Scotland Centenary Tartan WR2375

This clan tartan was designed to commemorate the centenary of the Clan MacLeod Society founded in 1891.

MacLeod of Argentina WR627


MacLeod of Argentina Special Event Tartan WR627

As an example of the diaspora, this tartan is for the MacLeod’s of Argentina, while the following tartan belongs to the MacLeods of California.

MacLeod Californian Clan Tartan WR1623


MacLeod Californian Clan Tartan WR1623

Coming next week, more clan tartans and the history of Sgarabaigh…


January 25, 2010 07:09 - Sgarabhaigh Island ~ Part II, Own a Piece of the Island

As mentioned last week, Sgarabhaigh means Cormorant, reflecting the cormorant population on the island.

The Friends of Scaravay are offering anyone who so desires a chance to own a Scottish island, in corporation with the other members of the project. Created from the principles of ‘sustainability’, the project is planned to grow over the years, providing people from around the world with a ancestral link to Scotland, and for those who simply love Scotland, to have an island of their own.

Needless to say, there is a special interest in descendants of islanders who were displaced in the infamous clearances of the 18th and 19th centuries.

While the island will be protected, environmentally, visitors and owners will also invest in the local economy, enriching the lives of both the visitors and the people of the islands.

Sgarabhaigh, along with the neighboring islands of Grodhaigh, Bhatam, Lingeigh, and Gilsaigh, comprise the Pabach Island group. In the mid-19th century, the people of Pabbay ran out of peat on their own island. They have since been harvesting peat for their fires from these islands, sharing them with seals, seabirds, and otters.

A ‘holding’, purchased from the Friends of Scaravay, arrives in a box which holds an island passport, handbook, and certificate with space for your own treasures to be added, an Island in a Box.

Tomorrow, more about the island - and the holding...

January 26, 2010 06:45 - The Island of Scaravay ~ Part III, The Holding

The ‘Holding’ project has many facets and assets, for the island, her neighbors, those who visit, those who own a ‘holding’, and those who need a place to call home.

The family is becoming international, with each person feeling a tangible link to Scotland through this tiny island.

Years ago I was given title to one square inch of Luckenbach, Texas. This was shortly after the country western song about Willy [Nelson], Waylon [Jennings], and the boys goin’ back. Luckenbach consisted of a bar and some ramshackle buildings. But some enterprising person put together this package, bought a plot of land, divided it into square inches, and established a trust fund to keep the taxes paid.

The Friends of Scaravay is NOT the same thing. You don’t get an inch, you and everyone else who has a ‘holding’ own the whole of the island, similarly to a family trust. The ‘holding’ is meant to become your ancestral home in Scotland.

The Friends of Scaravay envision each ‘holding’ as the basis for developing your own family history and genealogy ~ family details and records, plus the holding certificate, to be passed to future generations of your family.

And if you have Sgarabhaigh sixpence coins from your wedding, to pass on to your eldest son and daughter, these can also be stored with the island documents.

Tomorrow, more about the island and the ‘Holding‘…

January 27, 2010 06:45 - The Island of Scaravay ~ Part IV, Packages For a Wedding Gift

A holding on Sgarabhaig Island can be purchased in any of three packages.

The Contract ~ which includes

  • a contract conferring island rights
  • a passport
  • a DVD Sgarabhaigh
  • an Associate Owners Certificate


The Box ~ which can only be purchased to supplement an existing Package, includes

  • a solid oak box to hold all the Package elements
  • an owners handbook with a personal notes section
  • a large wax seal with identification chip
  • a glass phial with peat off the island
  • a glass phial with sand from the Sound
  • two brass seals, one for pressing wax seals
  • two sticks of sealing wax
  • two maps showing the island location


The Sgarabhaigh Package ~ combining all the items in the Contract and Box Packages

The Scaravay website lists who the holding might be for

  • anyone proud of their Scottish ancestry
  • the person who thinks they have everything
  • anyone who is special enough

To this we add, in the case of our readers

  • a wedding gift for the bride and groom
  • a gift to the parents from the bride and groom
  • an anniversary gift

So whether you’re descended from a MacLeod, MacKenzie, MacDonald Lord of the Isles, a Hill, or just plain love Scotland, here’s an opportunity for you.

[Editor’s Note, 1-28-10: there’s much more information about Sgarabhaigh and the Holding at Friends of Scaravay.]

Tomorrow, another source for Scottish wedding gifts…

January 28, 2010 07:30 - Scottish Loft Wedding Supplies

Scottish Loft is a Canadian based firm in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. They have a wide selection of gift and household items, but today we’ll concentrate on wedding merchandise.

  • Tartan Cummerbunds
  • Musical Garter, playing Scotland the Brave, in 3 universal tartans
  • Thistle Paper Napkins with 2 Robert Burns poems - Auld Lang Syne and O My Luve’s.

Click to learn more history about Auld Lang Syne and see the tartan.


My Luve is Like a Red, Rose Rose

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve’s like a melodie
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear
Till a’ the seas gang dry:

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only Luve
And fare thee well, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ it were ten thousand mile.

Tomorrow, more possible wedding gifts for the home…

January 29, 2010 06:47 - Scottish Loft Wedding Gifts

The selection of gifts at Scottish Loft is varied in selection and price range. There are many that can be selected as wedding gifts for the bride and groom. Then there’s all those little gifts the bridal couple must give to others ~ the wedding party, parents, others who contribute their time and expertise in your wedding plans.

There are gifts for the bath, the kitchen, around the home, and entertainment.

For the Bath, with Heather, Bluebell, Primrose, Highland Heather fragrances

  • Sachets & Soaps


    Highland Heather Sachet courtesy Scottish Loft



    Bluebell soap courtesy Scottish Loft


  • Nottingham lace sachet hangers


    Nottingham Lace Sachet Closet Hanger courtesy Scottish Loft


  • Bath cubes

For the Kitchen

  • Luckenbooth Thistle Bone China


    Luckenbooth Bone China courtesy Scottish Loft


  • Salt & Pepper Shakers ~ Clydesdale Horses, Scottie & Westie Dogs


    Clydesdale Salt and Pepper Shakers courtesy Scottish Loft


  • Trivets
  • Coffee Mugs - including favored British TV series


    Tartan Scotties Mug courtesy Scottish Loft


  • Westie apron, pot holders, and tea cozy

For the Home

  • Crystal Robert Burns Nightcap set
  • Welcome signs


    Welcome sign courtesy Scottish Loft


  • Tartan Woolen Blankets
  • Also see clan crest items

For Entertainment & Fun

  • Puzzles


    Highland Cows Puzzle courtesy Scottish Loft


  • Tartan Bear Christmas Ornament ~ note the pads on it's feet


    Bear Ornament courtesy Scottish Loft


  • St Andrews Golf Bridge Card Set


    Vintage St Andrews Bridge Set courtesy Scottish Loft


  • St. Andrew’s Golf Tees with decorative tin


    St Andrews Golf Tee Tin courtesy Scottish Loft


Clan Crest Items

  • Coasters


    Clan Crest Coasters courtesy Scottish Loft


  • Mugs
  • Paperweights
  • Pint glasses


    Clan Crest Pint Glass courtesy Scottish Loft


  • Whiskey glasses


    Clan Crest Whiskey Glass courtesy Scottish Loft


  • Trivets


    Clan Crest Trivet courtesy Scottish Loft


  • Plaques
  • Shields
  • Heritage books
  • Key rings

They also carry a line of custom kilts by Canadian kilt makers and the normal line of accessories, including a nice selection of sgian dubhs.

Take a look at the Scottish Loft merchandise and see what tickles your fancy.

Coming Monday, February Highland events…


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