Clans generally identify with geographical areas originally controlled by their founders, sometimes with an ancestral castle and clan gatherings, which form a regular part of the social scene.
The most notable gathering of recent times was "The Gathering 2009", which included a "clan convention" in the Scottish parliament.
The modern image of clans, each with their own tartan and specific land, was promulgated by the Scottish author Sir Walter Scott after influence by others.
Historically, tartan designs were associated with Lowland and Highland districts whose weavers tended to produce cloth patterns favoured in those districts.
After the arrival of the Vikings in the late eighth century, Scandinavian rulers and colonies were established along parts of the coasts and in the islands.
In the ninth century the Scots and Picts combined under the House of Alpin to form a single Kingdom of Alba, with a Pictish base and dominated by Gaelic culture.
Pro-union campaigners will continue to put forward their scare stories but on the assumption that Westminster won’t start a full-blown trade war with Scotland, they don’t stack up.” “Whereas the UK has almost entirely devoted itself over the past decade to the question of policing immigration, an approach which returned Customs front and centre is likely to see a big boost in revenues.” Ben Wray Ben Wray, Head of Policy at Common Weal, said: “Not only does this report show by way of the existing precedents that a ‘hard border’ as described by No campaigners is almost inconceivable, but it also shows how a ‘smart’ approach to borders that is not fuelled by a fear of immigration could be advantageous to Scotland.
Authored by Bill Austin and Peter Henderson, who both have over 30 years’ experience in HM Customs & Excise (merged in 2005 with Inland Revenue into HMRC) and have since worked as Customs consultants to governments across the world, the report is a contribution to The White Paper Project, the first draft of which was published earlier this week.
The report examines a number of European examples, including between EU and non-EU countries, of borders arrangements and finds no precedent for a ‘hard border’ being a realistic possibility, describing it as “a shrill and nonsensical idea”, but adding: “if the rest of UK were ever to propose such a thing they would have to set it up on their side of the border and all of the cost for establishing it would fall on them.” The report looks at the example of the 1,010 mile Norway-Sweden border as a much more realistic precedent: both are in the Schengen travel area so have no hard border immigration controls, but Sweden is in the EU whereas Norway isn’t and therefore they have their own Customs arrangements. The authors argue that “there is no clear reason, and no one has yet to offer one, as to why something similar cannot work for Scotland and the rest of UK.” The common travel area in this respect would be the UK Common Travel Area, rather than Schengen, which countries inside and outside the EU are currently part of (Ireland and the UK being in the EU; Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney being outside).
Incorporating cultural wedding traditions and customs to a wedding is not only a fantastic way to share something personal with the guests but a nice tribute to the families.
A simple way to infuse a little culture is by using traditional wedding decorations, wedding supplies and other visual elements.