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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