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FROM THE PRESIDENT

After about eighteen months of asking how to make Clann better, what people want, and where we’re going, I finally had some good, coherent thoughts and ideas presented to me. We all agree that we want to continue with teaching the historical aspects and having fun while doing so, but what frequently gets overlooked or forgotten is that we are now a small group – smaller than we have been in a very long time. We are also a volunteer group – none of us get paid. We also don’t have too many long time, experienced members that haven’t been burned out by being the only ones to step forward to cover Board and Staff positions.

It’s time to look at some changes to the system to prevent or reduce burnout, get more members involved, especially the new folk, and get back to having fun and imparting our knowledge.

One change that has been brought up more than once and by more than one person is to put less emphasis on the military. Deer River will have approximately 3 men going, and maybe 5 women. (I’m writing this before it takes place, and as we all know, numbers change.) With this spread, we can’t do effective military drills, even with the women (Thanks Maeve!) who are willing to dress and act as men. We do have an active camp life with spinners, lace makers, knitters, weavers, cooks, etc. We also have men (Thanks David!) who have a wonderful craft demo. So perhaps it’s time we rethought our military demos and drills and replaced them "domestic" demos.

Another change involves the structure of Clann Tartan as an organization. Since I joined about 10 years ago, there has been a division between Camp and Company. Sometimes the two groups have worked well together; sometimes they have never spoken to each other. Given our size, it may be time to do away with the division and unify staff.

What has been presented is to eliminate the Camp and Company divisions and simply have "Staff". These positions would be elected, as they are now. There would be a "Chief of Staff" and 3 other "Understaff" positions. The terms would run for two years, with staggered election dates so there is never a complete turnover of staff from year to year. The Staff would be responsible for coordinating with the Contractor in planning events, including but not limited to food, equipment, and transport of food and equipment to events. They would appoint a "Captain" and "Head Campfollower" for each event to run that portion of the events, to make sure that we are all fed, housed, and meet our contractual obligations.

The Board must review their performance upon complaint from other members of the staff, board or other members, and the Board can remove them from office for nonperformance, and appoint replacements between elections if someone is removed or resigns.

We will discuss these at the November Quarterly meetings and elections, and if the membership finds the change favorable we will vote for Staff in November. We will also be discussing the change in Clann direction.

One item that may have slipped by people if you don’t read the minutes – this current board has decided that to vote on any issues or positions, all you need to do is SHOW UP at the quarterly and annual meetings and be recognized by a staff and board member, and be current in your dues. If you don’t vote, you have no say in the decision.

We can’t do this without all of our members. Please show up for the discussion and vote in November.

If you have any questions or comments on these issues, please feel free to send them to me at Mairi2@juno.com
Mary McKinley
1363 Jefferson Ave
St Paul, MN 55105-2410

Thank you!

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STAFF ELECTIONS - NOMINEES WANTED

We will be electing new staff at the November meeting, either with the current positions (Captain/Lieutenant/Corporals/HCF/AHCF/ Goodwives) or the proposed new positions (Chief of Staff/Understaff--see above). A member may be nominated for either or both. Please contact any Board Member with your nominations.

The vote on the reorganization of Staff will take place before the election of new Staff.

Due to due to the nature of this election and the discussion, that absentee ballots will NOT be accepted - if you want to discuss and vote on this, you will need to attend the meeting. Also, a reminder that to vote, you need to be recognized by a staff and board member. That's all - no active/supporting division.

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Thank you to all of Clann (and especially Mia for her exquiste taste!) for the lovely rose bush in Sue's memory. Once I have a front yard again, I will plant it in a place of honor. Every year when it blooms, we'll be reminded of Sue and her love of flowers.

Mary McKinley and Dan McKilligan

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This is a reminder that for articles to be included in the new and revised members' manual, they need to be sent to me either at mkane@macalester.edu or at 26586 Woodcrest Circle Elko MN 55020. Articles can be of any length and should list all sources used. Some of the topics which can be covered by articles include womens' issues, Scottish homes and home life, trades, the place of religion and ministers in Scotland and Scottish military life, contemporary descriptions of Scottish life, and our pike drill.

Maeve Kane
mkane@macalester.edu
26586 Woodcrest Circle
Elko MN 55020

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Clann Tartan is pleased to announce the opening of Colonel Gaffneis Official Sutlery!

Currently we offer tee shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, mugs, mouse pads, bumper stickers, bibs, infant creepers, steins and totes with a variety of designs.

The online store can be found at www.cafepress.com/clanntartan.

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Still looking for thoughts on Why We Do What We Do

—and what will make it more fun for you.

What are you looking for in Clann? What can we do better? What are we doing well? Please let us know—we all want this to be a fun, fulfilling experience for everyone.

Send info to Mary McKinley at the previously posted info—snail mail:
Mary McKinley
1363 Jefferson Ave
St Paul, MN 55105-2410

Drill

Clann's monthly drill will be held on the third Saturday of the month at Bossen Field by Lievtenant Eric and Hellen's home (5732 Bossen Terrace Apt#2), unless there is a scheduled Clann Event that weekend.
The time is NOON.
For directions, Lievtenant Eric can be contacted at: 612-726-6364 or eric@celticfringe.net

Wanted!

Submissions for the Newsletter!
Items you can submit include research articles, character sketches, and other items pertaining to living history and Scottish Culture. Email your items in either plain text, or MS Word format to newsletter@clanntartan.org or snail mail to our postal address.
Items must be received by the 15th of each month to be considered for inclusion for the upcoming months issue. Mailed submissions will not be returned unless requested. All pertinent submissions will be considered as space permits. All research articles must reference at least three sources. Submissions are NOT edited for spelling or grammar, but may be broken in multiple parts.



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Board Minutes

Minutes of Clann Tartan Board Meeting
August 1, 2005

In attendance:  (Board) David Vavreck, Diana Steben, Glenn McDavid,
Mary McKinley, Bruce Yoder, Sean McCanna, Herb Lindorff

(Staff) Julie Yoder, Maeve Kane, Marty Byers 

Heidi Johnson, Mark Hansen

Minutes of the July Meeting were approved.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Deer River -- 8/5 - 8/7  -- We are proceeding on rather short notice,
but that due to them, not us.  Maeve has distributed updated information
to the Members Email list.  PBS will be filming a show there, so this is
a chance to get on TV.  So far David, Maeve, Elizabeth Johnson, Bruce,
Laurie, Heide, Anthea and possibly Hellen and Eric plan to attend.  We
seem to have at least 5 dancers and 4 soldiers.

Big Island -- 9/28 - 10/2 -- Jerry Hansen is running it now.  We are in
the same place as last year.  We like it there and want to stay!

Mankato -- No contract there, but it seems likely we will get one with
some payment.

Winona -- Same.

Circus Juventas -- Not happening.

Stralsund -- No deposits yet.  We will push back the deadline to
September 15, and encourage members to sign up.  Those who have
questions should contact a Staff or Board Member.

We still may be able to use Herb's Bus (see July minutes), but it will
need repairs.  Herb needs to find time to work on it.

VP REPORT
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Completed various government filings.  Missed a deadline or two, but
nothing critical.  There is an issue with the Secretary of State's Form:
They want a "registered office".  Our only physical address is the P.O.
Box and that does not count.

Dept. of Revenue:  We don't have a tax id (for collecting sales tax) and
it looks like we do not need one.  As for paying sales tax, we are in a
gray area.  If we could get an exemption it would save us $25-$30 per
year

DMW: The trailer tabs have expired.  Bruce has purchased a permanent
registration.

The Board expressed its thanks to Bruce for his work on this.

TREASURER
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We have paid the garage rent, and Tactical expenses.  We have about
$6000 in the Bank. 

At Tactical Don Chesney renewed and we also got a new student member.

The PayPal records showed that The Celtic Croft had paid for a
membership but not received any Newsletters, or anything else, for it.
They will get a free extension for another year and a letter of apology.

We are attempting to clear up the Paypal records after just gaining
access to them.

SECRETARY
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Was able to access the Paypal account and retrieve the records.  The
Paypal link on the membership web page has been disabled.  We are now
fully able to manage the Clann Web site.

QUARTERMASTER
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Has a welder now.  Some of the tent stakes need repair.  Some the tents
themselves also needs mending.  Diana has canvas.  The linstock also
needs to be fixed.

CAMP REP
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Things are OK.

COMPANY REP
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Investigating an issue that came up after Tactical.  Still in progress.

HISTORIC SITE
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More improvements.  Privies.  Hot and cold showers.  Kitchen.  The Fort
has been chinked.  There is a shooting range.  Work on the village has
begun.

SWORD GUILD
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Will send out a notice for the August meeting.

CRAFTS (aka Camp Drill)
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No August meeting.  There will be one in September.

COMMUNICATIONS
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Manual Revision:  Deadline is August 15.

PAPER DOLLS
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The Committee has met and prepared a proposal and a detailed plan.
There will be a pilot at Big Island.  We will do the initial printing.
The cost will be $250 with a potential income of $450.

CafePress could do the printing but their shipping costs are exorbitant.
We will look into local options (Kinko's, Insty Print,....)

The contract with Maeve seems OK.  A schedule was proposed for paying
Maeve.  After a survey of the room a motion to approve the contract was
moved, seconded, and passed.  The Contract with was then signed.  An
immediate result is that Maeve's membership is paid up through 2026.

MSF&HG FOLLOW-UP
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Mary reported that the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games did
not make a profit this year.

CREDIT CARD
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Should Clann have a Debit Card?  The Board agreed that it should and
the Treasurer will get it.

Next Board Meeting will be September 12 because of the Holiday.

Meeting adjourned.



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Board & Staff

If you need to contact someone associated with Clann Tartan, here is where you find out how. If you are unsure who to contact, you can always email us at: info@clanntartan.org

Board Members

President Mary McKinley 651-699-6853 mairi2@juno.com
Vice President Bruce Yoder 651-698-8375 bruceyoder@juno.com
Secretary Glenn McDavid 651-490-1842 gmcdavid@comcast.net
Treasurer David Vavreck 612-378-1973 baethan1630@yahoo.com
Quarter Master Herb Lindorff 612-827-4440 deeptinker@hotmail.com
Camp Rep. Diana Steben 612-728-1189 Rillaspins@aol.com
Company Rep. Sean McCanna  952-926-1279   macbaird@lycos.com  

Staff

Captain Marty Byers 651.483.1173 mjlbyers@msn.com
Lieutenant Eric Ferguson 612.726.6364 eric@celticfringe.net
Head Campfollower Rob Johnson 612.702.4274  roguerpj@mn.rr.com
Assistant Head Campfollower Julie Yoder 651.698.8375 julieyoder@juno.com
Goodwife Judy Byers 651.483.1173 mjlbyers@msn.com
Goodwife Maeve Kane 952.461.4666  

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Guilds

Sword Guild:

I am now taking names of MEMBERS, who are interested in learning the period correct way to wield the blades we would have used. The methods will be totally Scottish and /or common to the Scottish Island.

But, first I need your name, mailing address, phone number and what type of sword you are interested in...and, do you have such a sword. When I have this information, we will set up a date and time to get together for our first exercise.

I hope to use some of what we learn in a skit or two during the coming years. The more blades we have to be used correctly the better we will be for the public.

So, get me this information soon and let's get started.

Sword Drill meets the THIRD Thursday of Every month, at the home of Marty and Judy Byers. In October, it will be on the 20th.

Marty L. Byers
651-483-1173


Dance

1st & 3rd Wednesdays
DANCE FOR WEDNESDAYS IS LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME. PLEASE NOTIFY JULIE OR MARY IF YOU HAVE ANY LEADS. TBA, Contact the Dancemistress' Mary at 651-699-6853 or Julie at 651-698-8375

2nd & 4th Tuesdays
Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church, 2300 N Hamline Ave. in St. Paul.

It is at the northeast corner of Highway 36 and Hamline Avenue (Hamline is between Snelling and Lexington). The church is actually encircled by the highway entrance ramp.
The Dance Guild gathers weekly from 7PM-9PM to learn and practice historic Scottish country dances.
For more information call:

Mary at 651-699-6853 or Julie at 651-698-8375

It's a great place to meet people !

Other Guilds

Want to learn about wool spinning, weaving, or dying? Diana Steben (651-489-2881) and Kali Pederson (651-730-5437 ) organize the Fiber Guild.

Clann Tartan has our own historic site near Duluth MN. Dun Gowan is an ongoing project, which is the site of Gaffneyis Annual Tactical in July. We are finishing the fort and beginning the construction of a village this year. Contact David Vavreck at 612-378-1973 or baethan1630@yahoo.com for further information, or to volunteer to help.

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Wear it with Pride! The Belted Plaid before 1700

by Glenn McDavid

"The evolution of the plaid was the key factor in Highland dress. It was simple to make, versatile, and classless--it was worn by the lowest and the highest." -- Hugh Cheape, Curator of Modern Scottish History at the National Museums of Scotland p. 13

"The outstanding fact about the Highland dress was that it was the general dress of the whole community and in no sense a peasant dress." -- Grant and Cheape, p. 191

Following are some citations to demonstrate that the belted plaid (or breacan-an-feileadh, or feileadh-mor), commonly known today as the great kilt, was regularly worn by upper class Highlanders in the 16th and 17th centuries. This is clear if you consider Highland society on its own terms, and not view it through a Lowland lens.

For the sake of brevity the 18th century is not considered here. There is clear pictorial evidence from that period. Also, the issue is confused because Tartan dress became more popular, and respectable in the Lowlands after 1700, where it was previously considered barbaric. By then it had become a symbol of Jacobite sympathies, and a way to protest against the 1707 Act of Union (Cheape, pp. 23-26). Still later Prince Charles Edward encouraged the use of Highland Dress by his forces in the '45. Prior to 1700 we need not consider these external pressures.


1578

Prior to about 1600, "Irish and Scottish dress would be nearly indistinguishable" (McGann, From Ancient Times to 1600), The predecessor of the belted plaid was the brat, a mantle worn in both Ireland and the Highlands (McGann, What the Highlanders Never Wore).

About this garment Bishop Leslie wrote:

"All, both nobles and common people, wore mantles of one sort (except that the nobles preferred those of several colours). These were long and flowing, but capable of being neatly gathered up at pleasure into folds." (see also McClintock, pp. 113-114, for a longer excerpt in Latin and English)

I.e. just before the introduction of the Belted Plaid, its predecessor, a clearly similar garment, was being worn by all classes. Did it really become a peasant garment when first seen belted 16 years later?


1594

Lughaid O'Cleirigh wrote (originally in Irish Gaelic)

"[the Scottish mercenaries] were recognised among the Irish soldiers by the distinction of their arms and clothing, their habits and language, for their exterior dress was mottled cloaks of many colours with a fringe to their shins and calves, their belts were over their loins outside their cloaks."

This is generally cited as the first clear evidence for the belted plaid, because of the "belts ... outside the cloaks" which were not mentioned in Bishop Leslie's earlier account. It seems that sometime in the intervening 16 years the fashion of belts on the outside of the mantle appeared. Now consider three points about this passage:

  1. Historical Context: These soldiers were sent to Ireland to aid Red Hugh O'Donnell, Earl of Tyrconnell, in his rebellion against Queen Elizabeth. Traditional Gaelic society (both Highland and Irish) had a warrior aristocracy1 as well as a lower and larger class of herdsmen and peasants who could fill out the ranks for a short period (See Reid, Highland Clansman, p. 7 and Newton, p. 119, pp. 139-141). Only the former, not having day-to-day responsibilities for flocks or farm, could fight overseas for an extended period. Many of these Scottish fighters served as mercenaries in Ireland in the Elizabethan period, and were highly respected2 by both the Irish and their English adversaries (See Falls, pp. 79-85).

  2. Weapons: The passage from O'Cleirigh continues:

    "Many of them had swords with hafts of horn, large and warlike, over their shoulders. It was necessary for the soldier to grip the very haft of his sword with both hands when he would strike a blow with it. Others of them had bows3 of carved wood strong for use, with well seasoned strings of hemp, and arrows sharp-pointed, whizzing in flight."

    The large swords, as opposed to dirks, make it clear: These are the warrior elite, not peasant spear carriers. The "swords" of the latter were typically just dirks. Only the better class of fighters carried full size swords. See Reid, Highlanders - Myth and Reality and Reid, Highland Clansman, pp. 15-18, for more on Highland weaponry and social class.

  3. Literary Context: In narratives of this period peasant fighters are hardly worthy of mention, let alone having their equipment so carefully described and praised (See Reid, Highlanders - Myth and Reality) .

Hence, at its first clear appearance in history, we see the belted plaid being worn by an upper class of Gaelic society.


1596

Sir Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy granted his son John some lands in return for ₤10 Scots, a gallon of aquavitae, and "ane fyned hewd brakan" (breachan=plaid). I.e. plaids were known and used by the aristocracy (Grant and Cheape, p. 126).


1596

In an exchange of gifts Angus MacDonald of Islay gave "plaids and sculls [skull-cap helmets]" to Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone. In return he received "seven of the best horses in the country". (Grant and Cheape, p. 126) The Earl was the most powerful warlord in Ireland. Allied with Red Hugh O'Donnell, he was leading the last and most dangerous of all the Irish revolts against Queen Elizabeth. Thus we see plaids being used as high value diplomatic gifts in time of war, and hence respected by the great nobles of the Gaelic world.


1600-1610

The "Earliest illustration of a belted plaid" can be seen at The Evolution of the Kilt (Kass McGann) and at The Early History of the Kilt (Matthew Newsome). It is from a travel book by Hieronymous Tielssch that probably dates from the first decade of the 17th century. He is carrying a large sword. As discussed above, only someone from the upper classes would have such a weapon. Furthermore, the hose and shoes clearly show we are not looking at someone from the bottom of society.


1618

John Taylor described a visit to a hunting lodge in the Highlands.

For once in the yeer .... many of the nobility and gentry of the Kingdome for their pleasure doe come into these Highland countries to hunt, where they conforme themselves to the habit of the Highland men....[The Highlanders] habit is shoes with but one sole apiece; stockings (which they call short hose) made of a warm stuff of divers colours which they call tartane. As for breeches many of them, nor their forefathers, never wore any, but a jerkin of the same stuff their hose is of ..., with a plaid about their shoulders, which is a mantle of divers colours, much finer and light stuffe than their hose....
"As for their (the Highlanders') attire, any man of whatsoever degree that comes among them must not disdaine to wear it; for if they doe then they will disdaine to hunt, or to bring in their dogges; but if men be kinde to them, and be in their habit, then are they conquered by kindness and sport will be plentifull....My good Lord Marr having put me into that shape I rode with him from his house". McClintock, pp 125-126.

I.e., upper class visitors to the Highlands had to wear Highland dress to gain the good will of the locals. This only makes sense if the Highlanders' own upper classes wore it as well.


1635

Portrait of Sir Duncan Campbell of Lochow in a belted plaid4, seated symbolically at the base of his family tree (Cheape, p. 16). Genealogy was very important to the Highlanders. His family, the Glenorchy Campbells, rich and prominent in the 17th century, were trying to make their ancestry look as noble and heroic as possible. Evidently depicting Sir Duncan, the founder of the Clan, in a belted plaid was considered appropriate for this.


1635

"Proper personable well-complected men, and of able men: the very gentlemen in their blue caps and plaids." (emphasis mine) - Sir William Brereton, see Quotes concerning Scottish Attire.


1641 (possibly reflecting an earlier period)

Robert Gordon of Straloch reports that the Highlanders' "uppermost Garment is a loose Cloke of several Ells, striped and party colour'd, which they gird breadth-wise with a leather Belt, so as it scarce covers the knees...."

The context (see McClintock, p. 117) shows that this is a general description of what Highland men wore. There is no distinction of wealth or class. Straloch was a noted cartographer who lived near Aberdeen. His family was connected with the Earls of Huntly, who were very involved in Highland affairs. He must have been well informed about the Highlanders and their dress.


1643

Blaeu's map of "Scotia Antiqua": The heading shows a pair of figures in Highland dress. One is wearing trews, the other a belted plaid (McClintock, illustration no. 43, opposite p. 135). As in the Tielssch book, the figure in the plaid is also wearing hose and shoes, not a sign of poverty. Furthermore, neither of the two figures is shown to be superior to the other. They are equals.


1644

James Graham, Marquis of Montrose, wore Highland or Irish5 dress frequently in his famous 1644-45 campaign for the Royalist cause (Stevenson, p. 120, 135).


1671

A Catholic Archbishop from Ireland (Oliver Plunkett, martyred in 1679 and canonized in 1975) was planning a visit to the island of Barra. He was expecting to wear a belted plaid while there.

While Catholicism was officially outlawed in Scotland, there were still many Catholics in the western Highlands. Catholic clergy could often function quite openly, and this Archbishop planned to have a priest and a servant accompany him. Evidently the Archbishop did not consider the plaid to be beneath his dignity, or that it would be strange for a man wearing a plaid to be wealthy enough to have a servant.


1660-1680

Lord Mungo Murray chose to have a portrait painted while wearing a belted plaid, as well as a fancy slashed doublet. Also in Cheape, Tartan, p. 14


1681

Sir John Campbell of Glenorchy6 defeated the Sinclairs (who were not wearing Highland dress) at the Battle of Allt nam Meirlach7. Afterwards his piper, Finlay MacIvor, mocked the clothes of the enemy:

Tha bodaich nam briogais ... A nise retreuta
The peasants in trousers...are now flying before us.
(Cheape, p. 19)

The tune is still popular among bagpipers.


Grant and Cheape treat the 17th and 18th (before 1745) centuries together as a single cultural unit. There was general continuity in Highland culture, including dress, during that era. If anything, the Highland upper classes were becoming more Anglicized during the course of the period, and would be less likely to wear the plaid as time passed. This is reflected in Iain Lom's8 reproach to a MacDonald Chief:

I think you've been a long time in England,
Being ruined by gambling.

I would prefer you to wear a plaid[breacan] and coat,
rather than a cloak that fastens.
(Newton, p. 166)

Acknowledgement

To Matthew A.C. Newsome, Curator and General Manager of the Scottish Tartans Museum, for answering some questions about the Hieronymous Tielssch illustration and for his encouragement of the research documented here.

Notes

  1. An early seventeenth century report to King James VI estimated that there were 6,000 fighting men in the Western Islands, specifically excluding "labourers of the ground." See Grant, p. 317 and also McCleod, p. 53.

  2. According to Irish Annals (see M1594.7) these seem to be the same Scots who helped the Earl defeat the English at the Ford of the Biscuits in the same year.

  3. Bows and arrows were obsolescent (at best) as military equipment at this time elsewhere in Europe, but were used in Highland warfare even in Montrose's campaign 50 years later. The positive imagery here indicates, that like the swords, these are the weapons of upper-class warriors. From other sources it is known that the Hebrideans often carried firearms. It is possible that O'Cleirigh did not mention them because they were considered less honorable weapons. See Newton, pp. 139-140.

    These fighters were recruited on a clan basis, in this particular case by MacDonalds and MacLeods (O'Donnell's mother was a MacDonald). It should be clear that they had nothing to do with the Scottish Government or or any of its armies. The soldiers of the latter were mostly lowlanders and the army was dressed in breeches and doublets or coats of conventional cut.

  4. The belted plaid is solid red, not any kind of tartan. This has been cited as a precedent for modern solid colored kilts.

  5. According to a Covenanter, at the sack of Aberdeen Montrose was "cled in cot and trewis as the Irishes was cled". Like the plaid, trews (as opposed to breeches) were a symbol of barbarism to Lowlanders. Montrose (a Lowlander) dressed to gain respect from his army of Highlanders and Irishmen. It had the opposite effect among Lowlanders, for both him and his cause. Stevenson , p. 135.

  6. Later First Earl of Breadalbane, and subsequently implicated in the Massacre of Glencoe. Described as "Cunning as a fox, wise as a serpent, and slippery as an eel." He was a descendant of Sir Duncan Campbell of Lochow.

  7. According to one story, the Campbells arranged for a boat loaded with whisky to come aground near the Sinclair camp. As a result the Sinclairs were considerably the worse for wear when their enemies attacked the next morning.

  8. Bard of Keppoch. One of the greatest Gaelic poets of the seventeenth century.

References

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Calendar of Events

Be sure to contact your staff
if you plan on attending a show event. Try to give at least a ten day notice when possible. This allows proper planning for the feeding of our members, and in some cases is required by event organizers to allow entry as a participant.
You can call any of the staff members listed, or send an email to staff@clanntartan.org.

OCTOBER 2005

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
Sept 29
Big Island Rendezvous
Albert Lea, MN 
Sept 30
Big Island Rendezvous
Albert Lea, MN 
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Big Island Rendezvous
Albert Lea, MN  
2
Big Island Rendezvous
Albert Lea, MN  
3
Board Meeting
7PM @Bruce and Julie's  
4
 
5
 
6
Mankato History Fest
Mankato MN 
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Mankato History Fest
Mankato MN 
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Mankato History Fest
Mankato MN 
9
 
10
 
11
Big Muddy River Rendezvous
Winona MN
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Dance 
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Big Muddy River Rendezvous
Winona MN 
13
Big Muddy River Rendezvous
Winona MN 
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Big Muddy River Rendezvous
Winona MN 
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Big Muddy River Rendezvous
Winona MN 
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Big Muddy River Rendezvous
Winona MN 
17
 
18
Night at the Pub
Molly Quinn's
Minneapolis 
19
 
20
Sword Drill at
Marty and Judy's
651.483.1173
mjlbyers@msn.com 
 
21
 
22
CAMP DRILL
10AM to 4PM
Please call a staff
member for location 
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24
 
25
Dance 
26
 
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30
 
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NOVEMBER 2005

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
1
 
2
Dance 
3  4
 
5
Quarterly Meeting and Elections 
6
 
7
Board Meeting
7PM @Bruce and Julie's  
8
Dance 
9
 
10
 
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12
 
13
 
14
 
15

Night at the Pub
Molly Quinn's
Minneapolis 
16
Dance 
17
Sword Drill at
Marty and Judy's
651.483.1173
mjlbyers@msn.com
Siege of Stralsund  
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Siege of Stralsund 
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Siege of Stralsund 
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Siege of Stralsund 
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CAMP DRILL
10AM to 4PM
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Upcoming Events:

Big Island Rendezvous--September 29-October 2--Albert Lea MN
Mankato History Fest--October 6-8--Mankato MN
Big Muddy River Rendezvous--October 11-16--Winona MN
Siege of Stralsund--November 17-20--Philadelphia PA

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Big Island Albert Lea, MN September 29-October 2, 2005

Location
Big Island Rendevous is located in Albert Lea, MN - just off Interstate 35 about 98 miles south of the Twin Cities.
Drive Time
Allow about 2 hours from the Twin Cities.
Directions
  • From Minneapolis or Saint Paul, take I35 South to I90 in Albert Lea.
  • Take I90 West to the 90 west take exit 157 (one mile)
  • Turn Left and head South on Bridge Avenue to Hammer Road (about 1 mile).
  • Turn Right and head East on Hammer Road to the park entrance.
  • You will be able to drive on-site before and after show hours. Our camp will be located inside the park area.
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    Mankato History Festival Mankato MN Oct 6-8 2005

    Hwy 169 into Mankato;
    Left at the Hillcrest Health Care Center ( if you go past the flashing lights at Co Road 68 you've gone too far);
    Left onto Shamrock Lane;
    follow this to it's end (Jack McGowan's on the map)

     


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    Big Muddy Rendezvous Winona, MN October 11-16 2005

    Approximate Travel Distance: From Minneapolis - 139 miles (3.5 hours)
    From Saint Paul - 118 miles (3.0 hours)
    From Minneapolis:

    Take HWY94 East to HWY52 Follow HWY52 South to I-90
    Take I-90 East to MN-43 Take MN-43 exit #252 North towards Winona
    Head North on E Lake Blvd (Hwy 61), it will turn into W Lake Blvd, until you get to Co Rd 14 (Pelzer) Turn right (East) on Pelzer and follow to Riverview.
    Follow Riverview to Prairie Island Road.
    From Saint Paul:

    Take HWY61 South to Winona. In Winona, HWY61 becomes W Lake Blvd.
    Turn left (East) on Pelzer and follow to Riverview. Follow Riverview to Prairie Island Road.


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