From April 6th 2019: good memories and a bit of good history.
(don't miss the Medieval Covid masks)
Shared a wonderful day with my sister at the Boulder County Fairgrounds during the Tartan Day festival. Here is the Colorado state tartan!
There were several tents set up creating a Scottish
village offering sights and sounds begging us to explore and experience all things Scottish.
We discovered armor, antique weaponry, demonstrations of spinning (this nice lady explained the drop-spindle which I have yet to master) beautiful
clothing, and books on clan history. And all the while we listened to amazing Highland Rock and Roll performed by the Angus Mohr group bought these two CD's Angus Mohr website
A wonderful display or armaments and armor.
Clothes for the romantic at heart.
There was a blacksmith demonstration,
A rare glimpse of a Faerie, as well as numerous Scottie dogs, some wearing kilts.
For Steampunk lovers there was a leather helm fashioned after the headgear worn by physicians in the middle ages during the plague years. Who knew by 2020 we'd all want one!
Above items created by Michael Trent
About Tartan Day
Originating in Canada in the mid-1980's, Tartan Day is a North American Scottish heritage celebration of Scottish Independence. Held in the Spring, the gathering commemorates the April 6th, 1320 signing of the Declaration of Arbroath.
Submitted on that date, in Latin, to Pope John XXII, the intention was to confirm Scotland's status as an independent, sovereign state, while defending Scotland's right to use military action when unjustly attacked.
Believed to have been written in the Arbroath Abbey by Bernard of Kilwinning, Chancellor of Scotland and Abbot of Arbroath, the letter is the sole survivor of three created at the time.
The others were a letter from the King of Scots, Robert I, and a letter from four Scottish bishops which all presumably made similar points.
Steeped in turmoil and political intrigue the declaration was part of a broader campaign for independence from England's Norman kings and a plea to lift the excommunication of Robert The Bruce.
Here are the most famous lines from the English language translation by Sir James Fergusson, Keeper of the Records of Scotland.
...for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.
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