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  • I’d like to clear a few points here on tartan vs. plaid. Tartans are specific patterns and colors that originated in Scotland, as a way to identify each clan, as far back as the 10th century. Each proper historically based tartan is associated with a particular clan, which is why the wearing of the tartan was banned by the English after the Highland Clearances of 1745. A plaid is more of a bastardised version of the tartan, and has no historical significance. That said, a proper taran cannot be called a plaid. I am of the MacPhee clan of the 10th century in Colonsay, a tiny island in the inner Hebrides.

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