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Thursday, April 14, 2005


Ok, so this is my first post. Let me lay out the ground work for what I envision this blog to be. As many of you may know, I have a monthly column in the Scottish Banner newspaper dealing with issues of Highland Dress. I also contribute frequently to the discussion going on at the X Marks the Scot kilt wearer's forum. And, I have my own web site,, where I publish many articles dealing with Scottish Dress, as well as the web site of the Scottish Tartans Museum.

So, why on earth would I want a blog to post my thoughts on tartan issues? Good question, and one I'm still trying to figure out!

Seriously, on the "front lines" of the tartan world, I often have comments, thoughts, and opinions that would be of interest to others that are interested in Highland dress that simply may not be sufficient fodder for a full blown article. Something like, "Hey, Lochcarron jsut designed this neat new tartan that would like great in a kilt!" Or perhaps, "Can you believe what this idiot said on the radio about Tartan Day?"

Also, many of you may know that I recently took up kilt making, and I thought this forum might be a good place to talk about that some without looking like I was promoting myself too much in some of these other forums.

So look for a hodge podge of opinions and information from me here. I'm not saying I'm going to update this every day, or even every week. But feel free to email me with questions, or even add your own comments. This should be fun, if nothing else!


George McKinney said...

Dear Matthew:

I read your article today in Scottish Banner re Hummel Bonnet.
Very interesting! How can I contact Betty Johnson? I would like to learn price/availability of
a bonnet. Thank you.

George McKinney

Matthew Newsome, FSA Scot, GTS said...


You did not leave any way of contacting you, so I hope you come back here to check! Betty is working on a web page which will be at:

We also sell her hand made bonnets at the Scottish Tartans Museum gift shop. Scroll down to the bottom of this page: