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Guardian of Scotland Tartan at Halliwell’s House Museum


A new tartan being displayed in Halliwell’s House Museum all season with a slideshow of the Selkirk Children Scottish Dancers performing a dance to specially commissioned music. A live performance will also occur during the season.

Guardian of Scotland Tartan
This tartan was designed by Scotch Tweed owner, Gerald Reilly, to mark the occasion of William Wallace being proclaimed Guardian of Scotland. A tartan with its own historic story, a tartan that spans the centuries….

Without doubt, two of the most important men in Scottish history over the past thousand years were William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. It is also unique that they lived at the same time and actually knew each other. After the Battle of Stirling Brig’ in 1297, Wallace led his army back to the Ettrick Forest and its capital, Selkirk. It was here, near the ancient Kirk o’ The Forest, that Bruce and the Nobles conferred the title Guardian of Scotland on the young man who had led the Scots in the rout of the English. All of Scotland’s ruling classes were there and it is fitting that a new memorial tartan has been designed and produced in Selkirk.

The designer of the new tartan, Gerald Reilly, a Souter of Selkirk, designed the Guardian of Scotland tartan to encompass the colours of the Royal and Ancient Burgh of Selkirk, the Clan Wallace and the Bruce tartan along with the St Andrew’s Saltire. It seemed fitting that in celebration of the new tartan and the links to Selkirk, that the Selkirk Children Scottish Dancers performed a brand new dance to specially commissioned music aptly named ‘The Guardian of Scotland’ which was filmed during the Homecoming Celebrations. The dance was based on the famous battle and showcased the tartan which all the children wore.

Designer Quote:
Gerald Reilly “What better reason could there be than to commemorate the meeting in Selkirk, of two of the greatest men in Scottish history, when one conferred this great honour on the other? The Kirk o’ The Forest is a hugely significant historical site in Scotland’s story and not only did Wallace and Bruce worship there, the maternal ancestors of the US President Franklin D Roosevelt are buried there”.

Live Borders Quote:
Phoebe Stewart – Assistant Curator
We’re thrilled that we can showcase this beautiful local tartan in Selkirk, and right next to the Auld Kirk where this historic meeting happened. Live Borders is committed to working with local groups and we look forward to showing this tartan and music.

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