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Memories of D-Day
Scottish Travellers Days
"Old Meg she was a Gipsy, And liv'd upon the Moors: Her bed it was the brown heath turf, And her house was out of doors. Her apples were swart blackberries, Her currants pods o' broom; Her wine was dew of the wild white rose, Her book a churchyard tomb. " ~ Meg Merrilies, John Keats (1795-1821)
Paul Bunyan and Big Blue Ox Day
MacGregor Red and Black, also known as Rob Roy MacGregor, is the buffalo plaid of the US, associated there with the mythic lumberjack Paul Bunyan. This is one of the most primitive setts of tartan. According to tartan scholar Donald C. Stewart, it is probably the oldest "MacGregor" tartan, however it was only adopted by MacGregors at a relatively late date.
Stirring the Wassail Bowl, c. 1800
Apple Wassail Night (Old Twelvey Night)
In times gone by in the cider-producing counties in the south of England, wassailing referred to a traditional ceremony that involved singing and drinking the health of trees on Twelfth Night (January 6th) in the hopes that they might better thrive. The purpose of wassailing was to awaken the cider apple trees and to scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest of fruit in the Autumn.
The Queen Mary
Scots Festival (Queen Mary)
Built by John Brown & Company in Clydebank, Scotland, the historic ocean liner was retired from active service and arrived in Long Beach on Dec. 9, 1967, following a 39-day journey known as the Last Great Cruise. The journey took passengers from Southampton, England, to Long Beach, California. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has accepted the Queen Mary as part of the Historic Hotels of America.
Arrival of Scottish Settlers, Pictou, N.S.
National Tartan Day, held each year on April 6 in the United States and Canada, celebrates the historical links between Scotland and North America and the contributions Scottish Americans and Canadians have made to US and Canadian democracy, industry and society. The number of Americans of Scottish descent today is estimated to be 20 to 25 million and Scotch-Irish 27 to 30 million! Scottish Place names abound in every province and in almost every state. There are even many literary and cartoon characters that claim Scottish descent including The Outlaw Josey Wales, Batman, Archie Andrews, Donald Duck, and even Woody Woodpecker!