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Armstrong Modern Tartan Clan Scarf

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Armstrong Modern Tartan Scarf (Clan Scarf)

Fibre: 100% Pure New Wool Scarf Size 150cm x 30cm (60"x 12") Measurements include fringes at each end.

All clan scarves are made of 100% pure new wool making it soft to the touch and it keeps you warm. Each Clan scarf is a true reflection of the given family Tartan plaid. Also each Scarf comes with it own header card, and on the back is a brief history of the clan. A Clan scarf makes an ideal gift for a friend, family member or a treat for yourself.

You do not have to be Scottish to own a Clan scarf As Tartan is Fashion all over the world and A clan scarf makes a ideal gift for him or her for any occasion any time of the year. We have over 170 Tartan Clan designs with some generic designs to reflect special places and names which has its own tartan.

Care: how to care for your Wool product (see below)

Brief Clan History

One of the most infamous of the Border reiving, or raiding, clans, their name is said to derive from a servant of a Scottish King. Granted lands in Liddesdale, they later proved a thorn in the flesh for centuries to established authority.

The Armstrong name has a legendary origin in traditional oral history and folklore, in that it is said their heroic progenitor, Fairbairn, the standard-bearer and squire to the King of Scotland, saved his master in battle, and not from a wild beast as is the case with another Border Clan - the Turnbulls.

It is said that he lifted the King, who was dressed in full armour, onto his own horse with one arm after the Kings horse had been killed under him in battle. The family crest, an upraised and embowed arm with a grasping hand, records this act of heroism that was said to have been rewarded with a heritable title (Sir Strong Arm, Anglicised to Armstrong) and a grant of lands in the Borders region.

The first existing written reference listing them in the region is from a 1236 Carlisle court record of one Alan Armstrong being pardoned for killing a man. The first existing reference specifically locating them in Liddesdale in Roxburghshire, which would become their family seat, is in 1376.

Liddesdale was also the seat of their unquestioned power in the region. That allowed them to expand into Annandale and Eskdale to accommodate their growing population. It is reputed that by 1528 they were able to put 3000 horsemen in the field.

Armstrong Crest: A Strong Arm.

Armstrong Clan Motto, Invictus Maneo (I remain unvanquished).
The thirteen most notorious of the reviving clans were known locally as de'ils (devils) dozen and consisted of the following families, Armstrong, Bell, Carleton, Dacre, Elliot, Graham, Johnstone, Kerr, Maxwell, Musgrave, Nixon, Storey and Scott.

The Armstrongs were the most feared of the riding clans along the frontier and at the height of their power could muster several thousand horsemen.

The Union of Scotland and England in 1603 signalled an end to the border warfare that had existed for centuries. The Armstrong power base was broken and many families left the border area for pastures new.

How to wash

In the first instance we recommend dry cleaning all wool products.

If you wish wash by hand or by machine please do not wring the item, or allow the item to float free in a washing machine. when using a machine always place your product in a pillow case so that it does not tangle or loose its shape.

By hand wash gently using luke warm water and when drying taking great care to ensure that the item is placed flat on a towel for it to dry. This way the product will keep its shape and its softness, and look as new as when first bought.
Always use a recommended wool detergent ie Woolite.

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