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"Here is a golden Rule.... Write legibly. The average temper of the human race would be perceptibly sweetened, if everybody obeyed this Rule!"
~ Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)
Though people humorously lament the legibility of the physician's script, even reading one's own handwriting can be tricky sometimes! However, if you are the family genealogist and have Scottish ancestry, count yourself lucky! Scottish ancestry records are some of the most-detailed, best kept, and reach back further than records of many of countries. And as an added bonus, Scottish records are usually graced with very legible handwriting! Scottish handwriting parallels that of England, adopting the "secretary" hand style which was introduced in the late 15th and 16th centuries, eventually to be replaced by the "italic" style. A distinctive form of Gaelic hand can be found in some older documents, and is similar to the Old Irish script. But our modern cursive has origins associated with the practical advantages of writing speed and infrequent pen-lifting originally meant to accommodate the limitations of the quill pen, which was fragile and sensitive to the delivery of ink! This tartan is designed for all involved in the study, teaching, improvement, or preservation of handwriting. Although young students may struggle initially to form their letters, the complex actions help develop other skills than fine-motor ones. Teachers of students with dyslexia who have difficulty associating sounds and letter combinations efficiently, have found that for some, cursive handwriting therapies can help them with the decoding process by integrating hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and other brain and memory functions associated with directionality. This tartan uses the colour brown to represent fingers; blue for ink; white for paper and black to represent pen strokes. The 52 threads in white are intended to represent the 26 uppercase and 26 lowercase letters in the English alphabet and was inspired by the 1522 pamphlet, "Operina", the first book devoted to writing the italic script known as Chancery Cursive! ✍️ 🪶 🖊️
This tartan was designed by Kate Gladstone.
From the Scottish Tartan Register notes:
"This tartan is intended to be for all involved in the study, teaching, improvement, or preservation of handwriting. Colours: brown is intended to represent fingers; blue is for ink; white is for paper and black is intended to represent pen strokes. There are also references to the history of handwriting within the threadcount: 52 threads in white is intended to represent the 26 uppercase and 26 lowercase letters in the English alphabet; 1522 for the publication date of Western civilization’s first handwriting textbook and 1 & 23 for January 23, observed as National Handwriting Day in the United States."
This tartan is intended to be worn/used by anyone personally or professionally involved in the study, teaching, improvement, or preservation of handwriting. For a video on this tartan and its inspiration, click here.
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