Tartan Day 2018

Morning Panel – Day One (Tuesday, April 10, 2018):  The Role of Tartan in Forging Scotland’s National Identity – (Speakers to be confirmed.  Those invited: (1) Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor, Bt., Chief of Clan Gregor; (2) Dr. Phil Smith, noted Scottish-American tartans authority and tartan designer; (3) Matthew Newsome, President of the NC-based Scottish Tartans Museum; (4) Sir Eric Anderson, former head of the UK Lottery Board, Chair of the Abbotsford Restoration fundraiser,2010, and member of the firm of Kinloch Anderson, Tartan Manufacturers; and (5) Peter Wilson, Board Member, Scottish Tartans Authority. )

Subjects to be discussed by the panel:
  • Tartan Mentioned by Ancient Writers in Talking about the Celts
  • Use of Tartan Throughout Scotland as A Symbol of Opposition to the Treaty of Union in 1707
  • Scottish Tartans in the Highlands Before the Proscription Act in 1746
  • The Tartan Revival of 1822 and the Victorian Era
  • Tartan As Uniform Among the Highland Regiments in the British Army, 1730 – the Present
  • The Modern Usage of the Kilt As National Dress by Scots and Scottish-Americans
  • Creation of the Scottish Tartans Authority and Its Current Registry of Tartans
  • The Scottish Tartans Museum in NC
  • Creation of Official State Tartans for Most States of the Union
  • The Many Uses of Tartan as a Symbol of Scottish Heritage Today

Luncheon Speaker His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry – “The Pivotal Role of Sir Walter Scott and His Novels in Promoting the Tartan Revival of 1822 and Beyond.” 
(Invited; confirmation pending.)

First Afternoon Panel – Day One:  “1320 and 1776 – Two Declarations with A Common Purpose  (The Honest-to-God Relationship Between the Scottish Declaration of Arbroath and the American Declaration of Independence)”

Speakers (invited; not yet confirmed):

  •  Prof. Alexander Leslie Krieforth and/or Prof. Robert John Munro, coauthors of “The Scottish Invention of America, Democracy and Human Rights” (publ. 2004), and
  • Prof. Edward J. Cowan, author of “For Freedom Alone: The Declaration of Arbroath, 1320” (publ. 2003)
  •  Possibly others …
Second Afternoon Panel – Day One:  “An Overview of the Many Contributions of Scots and Scottish-Americans to the Creation of the United States and to Its Place in the World ”

Speakers (invited; not yet confirmed):
  •  Duncan Bruce, author of “The Mark of the Scots”
  • Arthur Hermann, author of “How the Scots Invented the Modern World”
  • Alan Bain, President, The Scottish Coalition, USA, and President Emeritus, The American Scottish Foundation

Opening Remarks, Day Two (Wednesday, April 11, 2018): Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor, Bt., 24th Chief of Clan Gregor & Outgoing Convenor, Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs – “The Role of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs and Its Relationship to the Clan Societies in America. ”  (Speaker has confirmed.)

Morning Panel – Day Two:  The Creation of the National Tartan Day Holiday and Its Purpose
Possible speakers (invited, not yet confirmed):

  • Former Senator Trent Lott (Primary Sponsor of the Senate Tartan Day Resolution)
  • Congressman John Duncan (Primary Author of the House Tartan Day Resolution and Co-Chair, House Friends of Scotland Caucus)
  • Former Congressman Mike McIntyre, Co-founder, and First Co-chair, House Friends of Scotland Caucus
  • Bob Murdoch, Esq., National Chairman Emeritus for Tartan Day, The Scottish Coalition, USA

Tartan Day Reception – Afternoon of Wednesday, April 11, 2018) (Rayburn House Office Building – immediately adjacent to the U.S. Capitol Building)

  • Remarks by co-chairs, Friends of Scotland Caucus, U.S. Congress, Visiting Dignitaries, and Officers of NCTDC
  • Presentation of the Scottish Coalition, USA’s annual National Tartan Day Award
  • Scottish entertainment (pipers, dancers, fiddlers, vocalist)
Opening Remarks, Day Three (Thursday, April 12, 2018): Rt. Hon. Dr. Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms of Scotland: “The Clan System in Scotland Today and the Role of Heraldry and Tartan As Outward Symbols of Its Continued Vitality.”  (Speaker has confirmed.)

Morning Panel, Day Three :  Scots Heraldry Today and Its Relevance for the Scottish Diaspora in America
Speakers (all confirmed) to include:

  • Dr. Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms
  • Andrew Morrison, Viscount Dunrossil, Chairman, Society of Scottish Armigers
  • Donald Draper Campbell, North American Board Member, The Heraldry Society of Scotland
  • Dr. Bruce Durie, noted Scottish genealogist and heraldic authority
Closing Remarks – Day Three: Keeping the Tartan Day Holiday Real and Meaningful for Future Generations
 Speakers to include:
        Kathy Garrity, President, NCTDC (confirmed)
        James Morrison, Secretary, NCTDC and Past President (confirmed)
        Alan Bain, President, Scottish Coalition, USA (confirmed), and
        Bob Curry, Chairman, Tartan Day on Ellis Island (invited).

Kirkin’ of the Tartans, Sunday, April 15th, 2018 – Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC  (Evensong Service, 4:00PM)

  • The Very Rev. Dr. Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms & Hon. Canon, Dundee Cathedral, Scottish Episcopal Church, will preach the sermon.  (Preacher confirmed.)
  • Rev. Richardson Libby, Chaplain, St. Andrew’s Society of Washington, DC, will officiate at the service.
  • The service will be followed by a Pipe Band Concert by the Washington Pipes & Drums, official pipe band of the DC St. Andrew’s Society
  • The event will conclude with a Reception on or near the grounds of the Cathedral (venue TBD).