Cameron of Erracht Weathered 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
The name is thought to derive from a Gaelic expression meaning either crookednose or crooked hill, their main territory was in Lochaber, and the clan remained loyal to the cause of the Royal House of Stewart, with the 19th Chief, known as Gentle Lochiel, joining Bonnie Prince Charlie in the ill fated Rising 1745.
The name is thought to be derived the Gaelic cam-shron meaning crooked nose"but the earliest records show the name as Cambron which may indicate that it originated in Camberone (from the Gaelic cam brun meaning crooked hill - now Cameron parish) in Fife.
However, there is also a Cameron place name in the outskirts of Edinburgh and in Lennox. To add to the confusion, there is a Cambron in Flanders and the Cameron coat of arms differ only in colouring from those of the family of Oudenarde, nobles in Flanders.
There is a record of a John Cameron in the Carse of Gowrie (on the other side of the river Tay from Fife) and Hugh Cambrun was sheriff of Forfar and John Cambron was sheriff of Perth. A hundred years later the name appeared in Lochaber in the far west.
Often described as fiercer than fierceness itself the Camerons originally consisted of three branches in Lochaber - McMartins of Letterfinlay, McGillonies of Strone and McSorlies of Glen Nevis. The first chief of the combined families was Donald Dubh (born around 1400) who was descended from the McGillonies of Strone but through marriage with the McMartins brought the federation together.
Donald Dubh and his successors were known as captains of Clan Cameron until the early 16thcentury when the lands of Lochiel were united by charter into the barony of Lochiel by Allan Cameron, the 12th chief.
The clan assisted Donald, Lord of the Isles at the Battle of Harlaw in1411. A chief of the clan, Ewen of Lochiel, was born in 1629 and was a supporter of King Charles II. He was knighted in 1682 and fought at the Battle of Killiecrankie in 1689. Oddly, there were Camerons fighting on the other side - Camerons from Fife who supported the Protestant cause.
Ewen of Lochiel was too old to fight in the 1715 Jacobite Uprising but sent his son and the clan to assist the Earl of Mar. Sir Ewens grandson was known as the gentle Lochiel and is regarded as one of the noblest of all the Highland chiefs.
He was persuaded, through loyalty to the crown and the persuasive words of Prince Charles Edward Stewart, to support the 1745 Jacobite Uprising. It is said that if Cameron of Lochiel had not agreed to participate, the rising might never have got off the ground, such was his influence.
During the Jacobite retreat, Lochiel prevented the Highlanders from sacking Glasgow and to this day when Cameron of Lochiel enters the city, the bells of the churches are rung in his honour. The Gentle Lochiel survived Culloden and was exiled to France. Following the General Act of Amnesty of 1784 the Cameron lands were restored and Gentle Lochiels grandson, Donald, became the 22nd chief.
Cameron was the 35th most frequent surname at the General Register Office in 1995.
The motto of the Camerons is Aonaibh ri chile" (Unite)
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.
We get asked a lot of questions about cashmere and how to care for it. In this FAQ we have the answers to some of those. If you have ny other questions just ue-mail, call or use the live chat between 10am and 6pm GMT Monday to Friday.
What is cashmere and where does it come from?
Cashmere wool, usually simply known as cashmere, is a fiber obtained from cashmere goats and other ty pes of goat. The word cashmere is an old spelling of the Kashmir region in northern India and Pakistan. Cashmere is fine in texture, strong, light, and soft. Garments made from it provide excellent insulation, approximately three times that of sheep wool. Cashmere is also softer than regular wool.
China has become the largest producer of raw cashmere and their clip is estimated at 10,000 metric tons per year (in hair). Mongolia follows with 7,400 tons (in hair) as of 2014, while Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian Republics produce lesser amounts. The annual world clip is estimated to be between 15,000 and 20,000 tons (13,605 and 18,140 tonnes) (in hair). "Pure cashmere", resulting from removing animal grease, dirt and coarse hairs from the fleece, is estimated at about 6,500 tons (5,895 tonnes). Ultra-fine Cashmere or Pashmina is still produced by communities in Indian Kashmir but its rarity and high-price, along with political instability in the region, make it very hard to source and to regulate quality. It is estimated that on average yearly production per goat is 150 grams (0.33 lb).
We source our cashmere products from manufacturers using Mongolian cashmere in order to get the highest quality possible.
Why do people love cashmere so much? What are its benefits?
Cashmere is luxurious and fashionable and is also a durable and practical investment. Cashmere travels well and doesn’t wrinkle. It offers great insulation; is warm in the winter and cool in the spring. Cashmere is long lasting; it actually becomes softer with age and rarely pills after being worn and washed. It should last a lifetime.
Once you’ve purchased a cashmere garment, how best to care for it?
Keep the garment clean; a dirty garment will attract moths. Woven garments should be dry-cleaned.
How should I store my cashmere garments?
Cashmere should be neatly folded on a shelf, not a hanger. It should be clean and in some sort of sealable garment bag with protection against moths. If they wrinkle, you are better off steaming than pressing to remove the wrinkles.
What's the best way to clean my cashmere garment?
Hand wash knits with cold water, using a fine washable soap. Never wring or twist. Gently press excess water out with towels. Dry on a flat service on a fresh, dry towel until thoroughly air-dried. Woven garments should be dry-cleaned.
Does skipping cleanings prolong the life of cashmere garments?
No because a dirty garment is most attractive to moths and once a moth creates a hole, it’s trouble.
How can you keep cashmere looking new? How can I avoid it getting fuzzy or developing pills?
By keeping it clean and taking good care of it. High quality cashmere such as ours should rarely pill or fuzz.
Is there a safe way to remove pills on my cashmere sweater?
Pill combs to comb the pills and fuzz are available but since we stock garments made from quality fiber we do not see a need for such things.
What are some of the differences between high quality cashmere and low quality cashmere?
The most important factor in the quality of cashmere is the length and fineness of the fibers. Garments made with long and thin fibers pill less and maintain their shape better than cheaper lower quality cashmere and will get better with each wash. Fineness, length and color (natural white cashmere as opposed to natural colored cashmere) are the most important factors in the quality. We aim to source the best quality cashmere woven right here in Scotland.
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