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Sun, Oct 30


First Presbyterian Church

Kirkin' o' the Tartans

Members of The Scottish Society of Wilmington participate in this annual celebration of Scottish heritage. Sign up here to get the latest news about the service at First Presbyterian Church. Participants are asked to gather in the gymnasium at 10:20 am.

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Kirkin' o' the Tartans
Kirkin' o' the Tartans

Time & Location

Oct 30, 2022, 11:00 AM

First Presbyterian Church, 125 S 3rd St, Wilmington, NC 28401, USA


About the event

While the Kirkin' o' the Tartan service celebrates Scotland and Scottish heritage, it is a truly a Scottish-American custom. If one searches the Internet for information, stories abound of the Kirkin's roots being in days of the Act of Proscription, when the wearing of the kilt was banned in the Highlands - according to the legend, Highlanders hid pieces of tartan and brought them to church to be secretly blessed at a particular point in the service. Ask any Scot or Scottish expatriate about the Kirkin', and chances are you will be met with a questioning look and an admission of ignorance of this supposedly centuries-old Scottish tradition.

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