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.