By Jillian Trainor
April 10, 2013
April 6 was National Tartan Day and today the Scottish flag was flown at the P.E.I. Legislative Assembly in celebration.
Some clan tartans represented were the Murrays, the MacPhails, the Stuarts, and the Boswells.
The Caledonia Club of Prince Edward Island, along with the United Council of Scots in Atlantic Canada worked on a letter-writing campaign, sending letters to all other sister organizations, and to Members of Parliament in Ottawa saying they wanted April 6 declared as Tartan Day.
The date was designated before, but had never been proclaimed.
“We felt like we were part of achieving that, and we’re very happy about that,” said Eleanor Boswell, president of the Caledonia Club of P.E.I., wearing the district tartan of her ancestors.
Boswell said members also worked hard on having the maple leaf tartan recognized as Canada’s official tartan.
“We were able to accomplish those two things, which meant a lot to our club and to the Scottish culture.”
Jane Walker came to Canada from Edinburgh in 1967 and eventually made her way to P.E.I. She said it’s nice to be known, and be known for what Scottish people have done.
“Scottish people have been everywhere, done everything. Started things, all sorts of things, Scottish people. They brought their life over here, and made a big difference I think.”
National Tartan Day was also recognized in the Legislative Assembly.
In statements by Members, Belfast-Murray River MLA Charles McGeoghegan spoke about honouring and celebrating the Scottish heritage, and emphasized the preservation of that heritage.
“The preservation of our Scottish tradition, culture, music, dance, Gaelic language, and Highland Games are important so that future generations can continue to experience all this rich and vibrant culture has to offer.”
Premier Robert Ghiz said it’s always important to celebrate where we come from.
“Obviously in Prince Edward Island there’s a lot of Scots in our province with a great ancestry. While we’re Islanders and Canadians first, it’s always important to celebrate our history.”