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MacNeil of Barra Modern Tartan Scarf (Clan Scarf)

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MacNeil of Barra 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

This clan claims descent from Niall, a descendent of Aodh O'Neill, a king of Northern Ireland at the beginning of the eleventh century. Niall came to the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides around 1094 and is commonly held to be the first chief of the clan. Barra itself is thought to take its name either from St.Fionnbharr, the founder of Cork, or from St. Barr, the great-grandson of Niall of the Nine Hostages - a famous king of Ireland.

Of the two branches of the MacNeil clan, the Barra line is now generally recognised as the chief line. Neil MacNeil, 5th of Barra, was recognised as a Prince at a council of the Isles in 1252, a great honour for the family.

The fifteenth chief of the MacNeils, Ruadhri The Turbulent has been described as the last of the Vikings, carrying out raiding trips from his island stronghold of Kisimul. When he was arrested for piracy of an English ship at the end of the sixteenth century, he successfully excused himself to James VI by asserting that he thought it would be deemed good service to harass the subjects of the woman who killed his sovereign's mother! Ruadhri was eventually captured by his own nephews and his eldest son, Neil Og, became chief.

The clan prospered until 1838 when the 21st chief was forced to sell Barra. The chiefship passed to a cousin in the United States of America, and it was from America that the father of the present chief returned to reclaim the Castle of Kisimul.

He devoted his life to the restoration of the house, which is once again the home of the chiefs of the clan MacNeil.

On the 16th of February, 2010 clan chief Iain Roderick Macneil died at the age of 80. He was said to have been a well respected person by the residents of Barra, and that he took genuine interest in the life of the island and its inhabitants. Iain's son, Rory is the now the 47th chief of the Macneils.

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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