From Tartan to Tartanry: Scottish Culture, History and Myth

From Tartan to Tartanry: Scottish Culture, History and Myth

From Tartan to Tartanry: Scottish Culture, History and Myth

From Tartan to Tartanry: Scottish Culture, History and Myth


This critical re-evaluation of tartan in Scottish culture draws together contributions from leading researchers in a wide variety of disciplines, resulting in a highly authoritative volume.


The contributors to this volume come from a wide variety of fields. Their range has allowed us to bring together a more interdisciplinary study of tartan and tartanry than is often achieved. Thanks are due to all of them. They bring fresh, often unexpected and sometimes startling insights to our topic.

My personal thanks are especially due to Hugh Cheape, David Goldie, Murray Pittock and Alan Riach for their rigorous advice to me, and for the many ways they have supported my own contributions. Thanks are also due to Cairns Craig for his early support for the development of this project. I am particularly grateful to Jackie Jones and Esme Watson of Edinburgh University Press for their editing skills deployed firmly, yet lightly, throughout the production of this volume and to my wife Nikki Axford for her practical help and moral support. Thanks are also due to Gerard Carruthers and the staff of the Scottish Literature Department and the Library at Glasgow University where I have the pleasure of being an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow.

It would be wrong not to note that the late Professor Richard Prentice had planned to contribute to this volume. His sadly premature death in November 2008 prevented his even beginning to draft his chapter. There is no doubt that he would have brought the very particular combination of sociological, psychological, anthropological, heritage and tourism knowledge and insight to his chapter that he brought in such innovative ways to the rest of his research. He was certainly one of the most active researchers–and prolific publishers of original studies–that I have ever had the honour to know. It is a matter of regret to his many colleagues and friends that his acute insights and rigorous mind are no longer at our service.

Finally, I dedicate this volume to my brother Gavin without whom this book would not have been.

Ian Brown

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