Great tale of Te­viot tar­tan

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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.

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Brid­get Gunn, 5, of Roxburgh, with her great, great, great, great grand­fa­ther’s kilt and sporran.

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