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Auld Lang Syne

Robert Burns is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora around the world.

Jan 25
Burns Night

Lermontov

This tartan is based upon the MacDuff, the designer drawing upon George Lermont's home county of Fife and its literary connection in Shakespeare's MacBeth in which MacDuff was given the fictional title of Thane of Fife. The white lines on blue symbolise St Andrew - patron saint of both Russia and Scotland - and the Scottish flag.

Jul 27
Memorial of Poet Lermontov

Sir Walter Scott

According to the official tartan register records, this tartan (published in 1850) and was produced for his own use by Sir Walter Scott in 1822, and that he wore it in private, in the form of a Lowland shepherd's plaid.

Aug 15
Sir Walter Scott's Birthday

Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Khaki

This tartan was designed to commemorate Lawrence of Arabia. The orange brown represents Wadi Rum and his famous raid on Aqaba as well as the warm internal hues and tones of Clouds Hill, his secluded Dorset retreat. Red represents his birthplace at Tremadoc and Welsh ancestry. The cross of Saint George is contrived in the sett to demonstrate his admiration for ‘Richard the Lionheart’ and his thesis on Crusader Castles. Blue and green represent Irish connections and two periods of RAF service.

Aug 16
T.E. Lawrence's Birthday (Lawrence of Arabia)

Robert Burns

As well as making original compositions, Burns collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) "Auld Lang Syne" is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and "Scots Wha Hae" served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well known across the world today include "A Red, Red Rose", "A Man's a Man for A' That", "To a Louse", and "To a Mouse."

Jan 25
Burns Night

Mikhail Lermontov

Descended from the Scottish family of Learmonth, this Russian Romantic writer, poet and painter, was the most important Russian poet after Alexander Pushkin's death in 1837 and the greatest figure in Russian Romanticism. His influence on later Russian literature is still felt in modern times, not only through his poetry, but also through his prose, which founded the tradition of the Russian psychological novel.

Jul 27
Memorial of Poet Lermontov

Sir Walter Scott in Rhymer's Glen

Sir Henry Raeburn's portrait of Sir Walter Scott (1822), a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet. Scott was the first modern English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime. Many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, Waverly, The Heart of Midlothian, and The Bride of Lammermoor.

Aug 15
Sir Walter Scott's Birthday

Colonel T.E. Lawrence

Thomas Edward Lawrence, sometimes known as "Lawrence of Arabia" was an archaeologist and British Army officer renowned especially for his liaison role during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign, and the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule of 1916–18. From the painting by Augustus John (1919), "Colonel T.E. Lawrence"

Aug 16
T.E. Lawrence's Birthday (Lawrence of Arabia)