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Nicholson Modern Tartan Scarf (Clan Scarf)

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Nicholson 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

Clan MacNeacail (MacNicol) has a long and proud history of over 800 years in the Hebrides and Western Highlands. The Chief, MacNeacail (MacNicol or Nicholson) of Scorrybreac, took his designation from his land near Portree on the Isle of Skye. The islands of Lewis and Skye remained part of the Scandinavian kingdom of Mann (the Isle of Man) and the Isles, under the suzerainty of Norway, until 1266.

It seems likely that, like the MacLeods of Dunvegan, the MacNicols are of mixed high Norse and Celtic descent. Study of ancient record sources show that clan MacNicol was the earliest celtic clan to inhabit the northern Hebrides.

The name-father of the Clan, Nicail or Nicholas, a name popular in Scandinavia, must have flourished in the mid-13th century. The MacLeods of Lewis appear to have inherited or confiscated their considerable possessions through marriage with a MacNicol heiress in the 14th century.

The ancestral Nicail, therefore, probably lived in Lewis,where he and his ancestors would have served the kings of Mann and the Isles in a mixed Norse and Gaelic environment.

The first MacNicol on record, early in the 14th century, is John, son of Nicail. He appears in the company of leading Hebridean Chiefs, the MacDonald, MacDougall and MacRuairi descendants of Somerled (d. 1164),who had wrested control of the southern Hebrides from the king of Mann. John was perhaps the leading man on Lewis.

At the seige of Carrickfergus Castle in Ireland in 1316, MacNicol and his spearmen supported Edward Bruce, brother of Robert the Bruce and High King of Ireland, against the English.

In the next generation, most of the MacNicol lands passed to the Lewis MacLeods, but the male line of the MacNicols continued, finding a home in the Trotternish peninsula of Skye.

Later in the Middle Ages the MacNicols followed the MacDonald Lords of the Isles and sat on their council. In 1540, James V, King of Scots, landed at Portree during a naval expedition, and tradition maintains he was entertained at Scorrybreac. Another tradition is that Bonnie Prince Charlie, fleeing after the defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden, was hidden overnight in a cow-shed by the then Chief.

In the 19th century, the Nicolsons were badly affected by the Highland Clearances. (MacNeacail was anglicized to Nicolson when speaking in English in the mid-17th century). The Chief was forced to abandon Scorrybreac, and his family settled in Tasmania, where the present Chief was born. Clansmen were evicted from their crofts and also sought refuge in emigration, Prince Edward Island being a favoured destination.

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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