I was raised to be very proud of my Scottish heritage. My grandparent's on my Mom's side emigrated to Canada while they were expecting her. My Dad's family had a celebrated history in Scotland as well, they even had a family bible with information about their past. Since, my Dad's family had been in Canada for several generations original settlers of the Baldoon-Selkirk settlement, Chatham-Wallaceburg area in Ontario, Canada they didn't have as many charming stories they could relate as my Mom's parents. She grew up with the many traditions, speaking gaelic, the highland fling, Hogmanay (Scottish New Year), piping in the haggis. She shared many wonderful stories of our families loving, strong, enduring ancestry.
My fascination with my roots made kilts a source of interest for me and the tartans which indicated the culture either your family name (clan) or place of origin. When I came across this book about World Tartans, I had to purchase it. It is written by a researcher of Celtic heritage and legends. I was impressed by the clarity of the illustrations and the concise layout. Each page is dedicated to a tartan with a large picture and a thorough history of the kilt. It consists of over 475 individual tartans. An address book in the back has information on some of the clans, societies where you can trace your history.
Although, World Tartans has a specific appeal to someone with a Scottish background, it could also prove to be an entertaining read for anyone who is interested in kilts or British history.