Scottish Wildcat Day
"Och, beware the Scottish Wildcat!
He fairly chills the soul!
Just give him room, don't pause to chat,
Such beasties lose control!"
~ Denis Martindale, 2014
Unique to Britain, and now only found in Scotland, the "Highlands Tiger" is currently classified as an isolated island population of the European wildcat (felis silvestris silvestris), though there is still considerable debate over whether this endangered species should be classed as a distinct sub-species (felis silvestris grampia). The wildcat or its hybrid is the likely inspiration of the mythological Scottish creature, the Cat Sìth, which is a spectral cat said to haunt the Scottish Highlands! Meow! Hiss! 🐯 🏴
This is the tartan which initially inspired this website.
Sharing a day with World Cat Day, the Scottish wildcat (Felis silvestris grampia), or Highlands tiger, is a dark coloured subspecies of the European wildcat native to Scotland. Its range previously also included England and Wales, but it became extinct in these areas, as well as in southern Scotland, within the last 150 years. Extant numbers are estimated at between 100 and 300. The Scottish wildcat population is threatened primarily by hybridization with domestic cats. It is the only wild feline left on the island of Great Britain.
Far back in the history of Scotland, the earliest settlers told legends about wildcats so fierce they bested human champions, who worshipped them as forest spirits. Centuries later, clans formed together under the image of the wildcat and fought wars for the independence of the land.
Often referred to as the Tiger of the Highlands, striking, handsome and powerful, it is the very essence of a wild predator living by stealth and strength.
Designed by Glen Allardyce, the sales of this tartan are intended to benefit habitat preservation and conservation efforts.
The wildcat or its hybrid is the likely inspiration of the mythological Scottish creature, Cat sìth, which is a spectral cat that haunts the Scottish Highlands.
For the feature film documentary, "The Tigers of Scotland" click the angry wildcat!