"In every combat where for five centuries the destiny of France was at stake, there were always men of Scotland to fight side by side with men of France, and what Frenchmen feel is that no people has ever been more generous than yours with its friendship." ~ Charles De Gaulle, 1942
The French National Day, also known as Bastille Day, commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789.
The Auld Alliance (Vieille Alliance in French) was the alliance between the kingdoms of Scotland and France before the Union of Crowns, when the Scottish monarch James VI acceded to the throne of England (as James I).
The alliance played a significant role in the relations between Scotland, France and England from its beginning in 1295 to the 1560 Treaty of Edinburgh. The alliance was renewed by all the French and Scottish monarchs of that period except by Louis XI. By the late 14th century, the renewal occurred regardless of whether either kingdom was involved in a conflict with England.
This tartan was commissioned by Mme Olga Poivre d'Arvor, the Director of the French Institute in Scotland to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Institute. Until 1903, the Auld Alliance between Scotland and France granted dual citizenship in both countries.
For a beautiful collection of multiple tapestry panels celebrating the French connection, click the "Auld Alliance" panel from the marvelous Scottish Diaspora Tapestry project.