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Clans and Families of Scotland: The History of the Scottish Tartan Hardcover – April 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Booksales (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785810501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785810506
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Alastair Campbell of Airds on May 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book follows a well worn pattern but does it well. A small section is devoted to each name, its tartan is illustrated and, in this case, a major advantage is the inclusion of the heraldic drawings of the chief's arms and in some cases, standards, by the late Don Pottinger, Islay Herald at the Court of the Lord Lyon.
The limitation of this formula is that is it virtually impossible to say anything meaningful in such a short space about a whole clan and often the illustrations of the tartans are too small to allow the full sett to be seen.
This book finds the same problems when describing each name but its tartans are better than most, although it is impossible, for instance, to see the whole pattern of the Cameron of Lochiel tartan as illustrated. Useful additions, however, are some of the main branches of each clan, and,where one exists, its slogan or battle-cry.
Some names are included which are not clans but families for whom a tartan is named. Particularly useful for those not already familiar with it is the map showing main clan locations on pp52-55. This is the work of Don Pottinger and the late Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk, Albany Herald and it contains a wealth of information.
There are a number of useful articles included in the text and the whole book is most atractively laid out. A good introduction to the subject and well above the usual standard.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scion of Bellerphon on February 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A must have for anyone of scots descent. Lots of beautiful prints and swatches.. and insightful anecdotes that makes any tartan wearing descendant swell with pride. Good family reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. A. McEachern on March 27, 2010
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bought this for my son, who loves everything Scottish. He enjoyed it, it was shipped quickly and well packaged.
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