IHC to host Kirkin O' The Tartans celebration

INDIAN HILL, OH (FOX19) - The Kirkin O' The Tartans will be at the National Cathedral to celebrate their 71st annual event this fall.

Anyone can attend the IHC Kirkin O' The Tartans Sunday, November 17 at the 10:30 service, 6000 Drake Road, Indian Hill.

Guests can wear kilts and tartans and enjoy bagpipe music, home baked Scottish shortbread and tea in the Guild Hall after the service.

In 1745, the British defeated Bonnie Prince Charlie's army as they tried to retake the British throne for Scotland. As punishment, the British government banned all lifestyle promoting Clanship--tartans, music, dancing and bagpipes.

As an act of defiance and to promote love, togetherness and family, the Scots, when going to their Kirk (church), wore a small piece of hidden tartan, which they or their minister touched during the religious ceremony.

On April 27, 1941 the Rev. Peter Marshall (of A Man Called Peter fame) read a sermon called "Kirkin O' The Tartans" to raise funds and awareness for the British war effort.

Marshall was then a member of the St. Andrew Society, the pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C. and later became Chaplain of the U.S. Senate in 1947.

Today, this Scottish-American ceremony celebrates family and friendship and is a source of pride among many different religions. The Kirkin O' The Tartans started at Indian Hill Church in 1973 according to the Rev. Paul Long, retired IHC Presbyterian minister.

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