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Kirkin' o' the Tartans Blesses Dunedin's Colors

Eight tartans received a blessing during the annual Kirkin' o' the Tartans service at First Presbyterian Church on April 14.

Rev. Victoria ByRoade gave Dunedin tartans their annual blessing April 14.

The Kirkin' o' the Tartans service at First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin saw eight tartans — or the colors representing clans, families or institutions. (See, Dunedin Patch reader Mary Ann Beall's photos from the service.) 

The Scottish American custom is rooted in Scottish legend surrounding Highlanders who were banned from wearing kilts and had to hide their tartan colors and bring them to church to be blessed, according to a history on the Scottish Tartans Museum website.

Kirkin' o' the Tartan was coined by a Scottish Presbyterian pastor during a sermon at a church in Washington, DC, during World War II, the website says.

In Dunedin, members of the Dunedin Highland Middle School band performed. They were joined by Commissioner Ron Barnette and wife Candace, as well as many others in the community.

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Ron Barnette April 16, 2013 at 08:12 PM
The Kirkin' tribute was enjoyed by many, and Candy and I were pleased to be present...she in her Scottish Buchanan Clan kilt and me in the Dunedin Kilt. And how wonderful were the pipes and drums, performed expertly by the award-winning Dunedin Highland Middle School performers! Dunedin's Scottish heritage was proudly represented, indeed. Slainte! Ron Barnette

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