On Friday I wear my Scottish Quilt

FRIDAY IS ETHNIC DAY in the office where I work in Ole Bengaluru, and so I decided to see if Umli Miuli, the editorial assistant, on the www.itexaminer.com could sort out a kilt, a sporran and bagpipes for me.

I was joking, because there isn’t an ethnic day on Friday, but she reacted in her usual enthusiastic and efficient manner. She called one company which was delighted to make a tartan quilt for me, and were ready to send someone round to measure me up. She called another company which advised her that no, unfortunately, they didn’t. But they could recommend a shop in London that could. Not Edinburgh.

Now this is more like it, she got this email from one firm:

Hi Umli,
We can deliver to India from here.Please say which tartan or if you wish us to choose
If you like we can phone you now to discuss. Please email your phone number
This, we believe, is a Scottish supplier.  You, my dear one reader, probably want to know what my tartan is. My mum was a Robertson.  This is the clan tartan.  And yes, I have worn a kilt. And no I don’t have a set of bagpipes. And yes, I had a sporran.  And no, I don’t have any pictures.

5 responses to “On Friday I wear my Scottish Quilt

  1. A guid Hogmanay and mony may ye see
    All the dae and ev’ry dae__
    Dinna laugh, an’ dinna smile
    But hunt the gowk or lorg the google another mile.

    Who’s there?
    Bannock who?
    “Pie do you ask?”

    Hello Mike!
    Why would one wear his mother’s clan tartan as opposed to his fathers? Is “Magee” associated in any way with “Mackay?”
    I once read that my surname (I won’t bore you, hopefully) if could be traced to an ancestor from the Isle of Skye, could be considered one of many of the Septs of the clan MacDonald, and would be entitled to wear both the tartans and the clan badge. But in retrospect, the commercial site was probably just keen on selling more regalia.
    That Mackay wisky looks good. I never heard of any MacDonald wisky per se; if you know of any, please enlighten me. About the only thing that I’ve read about is the infamous feud between the MacDonalds and the Campbells. My traceable family has been in America since the 1600’s.
    My surname is Hutson, and I don’t know what part of the UK that would predominate from.

  2. Cos my mum is Scottish, and my dad Irish?

  3. Well you definitely deserve a Harp, and a McEwans! Then we shall see about bagpipes and a baby sitar!


  4. Magee is Irish/Scottish – Ma means “son of”, the Romans built Hadrian’s Wall to keep the Picts out. Hudson is a Scottish name

  5. :) Would have been nice to atleast see you in your ethnic wear.

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