Great tale of Teviot tartan
If tartan could talk, Bridget Gunn’s great, great, great, great grandfather’s kilt and sporran would spin a great yarn.
The five-year-old took her Scottish ancestor’s attire to Roxburgh Area School on Friday, as part of the town’s Teviot Tartan Time celebration. The town was dressed up in tartan ahead of the Wearable Tartan Art Awards on Saturday in Ettrick and the Kilt Canter run or walk on Sunday.
Kathy Gunn, Bridget’s grand- mother, thought the children would like to see her grandfather - William George Sherlaw’s - kilt and sporran which was over 100 years old.
‘‘My grandfather was in World War I and in the Scottish regiment in the light horse. He survived but was injured. We have the tin container that saved his life. It was in his top pocket and has a gun hole in it. I have pictures of him in his kilt and sporran. It was his dress uniform for the brigade.’’
Teviot Tartan Time committee member Trudie Marsh said the celebration was in its seventh year, and was held biennially.
The wearable arts event was in its second year and showcased Roxburgh’s Scottish history and creative talent in the community.
The Teviot Valley’s connection to its Scottish roots was obvious around the town. There was an influx of Scottish and English to the region around the 1860s.
Bridget Gunn, 5, of Roxburgh, with her great, great, great, great grandfather’s kilt and sporran.