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Kirkin' o' the Tartan

Kirkin' o' the Tartan
Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio
November 11, 2012

On November 11, 2012, Cleveland area Scots gathered at the Kirkin' O' The Tartans ceremony at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church in Mayfield Village. They displayed their tartans to receive God's blessing on the memory of the ancestors and those hardy Scots who crossed the ocean between the old world and the new world to build a better life.

A Kirk is a Scottish word for church. Tartan is the traditional garb of a Highland Scot. The Kirkin' of the Tartan is thus a traditional blessing of the tartan by the clergy.

A history of the Kirkin' of the Tartan by Tony Sumodi

Scott Duncan, Chief of the Scottish American Society (SHANO), read the Beatitudes in Old Scots and then begins the Kirkin o' the Tartans ceremony.

Enjoy these images from the 2012 Kirkin o' the Tartans.

Michael Bozeman, with Clan Cameron tartan

Michael Bozeman with Clan Cameron tartan


Laurel and Audrey Coppersmith

Laurel and Audrey Coppersmith


Peter Eloff with Ohio tartan in memory of Ohio men and women who served

Peter Eloff with Ohio tartan
in memory of Ohio men and women who served


Donne Shepperly with Flower of Scotland tartan

Donne Shepperly with Flower of Scotland tartan


Mary Nichils with MacLeod of Harris Tartan

Mary Nichils with MacLeod of Harris Tartan


Jean Duncan with Duncan and Grant Tartan, Karen MacDonald with MacDonald tartan. Elizabeth DeFrancesco, Carmichael tartan

Jean Duncan with Duncan and Grant tartan,
Karen MacDonald with MacDonald tartan
and Elizabeth DeFrancesco with Carmichael tartan


Kirkin o' the Tartans ceremony

Kirkin o' the Tartans ceremony


Kirkin o' the Tartans ceremony


Kirkin o' the Tartans ceremony


Kirkin o' the Tartans ceremony


Kirkin o' the Tartans ceremony


Kirkin o' the Tartans ceremony


Noreen Clements with Scottish shortbread

Noreen Clements with Scottish shortbread


Dundee Cake with almonds

Dundee Cake with almonds


Jenny May Caronchi and the Heather Belles

Jenny May Caronchi and the Heather Belles


A history of the Kirkin' of the Tartan by Tony Sumodi


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