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Dress Mackenzie Tartan Pocket Notebook RRP £9.99
The Dress Mackenzie Tartan has colors of white with dark blacks, blues and greens and a single red stripe. A characteristic of many dress tartans is the white color. Just as Hunting tartans used dark colors for hunting, in the same way most Dress tartans adopted white for dress occasions.
The Mackenzie clan is of Celtic origin. Its history goes back to at least the 13th century when they were established at Eilean Donan, near Kyle of Lochalsh, in the western Highlands of Scotland. Eilean Donan was their stronghold for centuries.
The 15th century was a time when many of the Gaelic clans were asserting their independence of the monarchy. It was then that Alexander, 6th of Kintail, and 1st Chief Mackenzie (before 1436, after 1471), gave his allegiance to the Royal House of Stewart. Alexander’s loyalty to James III against John of Islay, 4th Lord of the Isles, who was chief of Clan Donald, (d. 1423) was rewarded with a royal charter to the lands at Kintail. Later on, he was also given lands that had been confiscated from the MacDonalds.
Through successive chiefs, the Mackenzies continued to pledge their allegiance to the Crown. By the beginning of the 17th century they had acquired the forfeited lands of the MacLeods in Lewis and the MacDonnels in Lochalsh. In 1609, Kenneth, 12th Chief of Kintail, was created Lord Mackenzie. His son Colin was created the 1st Earl of Seaforth 14 years later.
The Mackenzies installed the Macraes as hereditary governors of Eilean Donan Castle, and the loyalty of the Macraes to their overlords was such that they were known as the “Mackenzies’ shirt of mail”.
The fortunes of the clan wavered in the 18th century. In 1715 they supported the Jacobite Rebellion but when it failed, they forfeited their lands and titles. The lands were repurchased and in 1771 the title of Earl of Seaforth was restored, but the male line died out in 1815.
The Mackenzie motto is Luceo non uro – “shine not burn”.
Septs: Related septs of the clan include: Kenneth, MacConnach, MacIver, MacKerlich, MacVanish, Murchison
Kinloch Anderson: The tartan cloth is supplied by and produced with the authority of Kinloch Anderson Scotland. They are based in Edinburgh. They were established in 1868. They are holders of Royal Warrants of Appointment as Tailors and Kiltmakers to HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.
Waverley Books has published two books about Kinloch Anderson: A Scottish Tradition and Tailored For Scotland.
What is a commonplace notebook? Commonplace notebooks date back to The Scottish Enlightenment. Many thinkers and writers used a commonplace notebook for writing down ideas and knowledge. Adam Smith, Robert Burns, David Hume, and later, writers such as Sir Walter Scott, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Virginia Woolf used commonplace notebooks.
About the notebook: This notebook is made with cloth woven in mills in the United Kingdom. Notebook pages and paper components are made with 80gsm acid-free paper from sustainable forests. Boards used in the binding process are made of 100% recycled paper.This hardback notebook is bound in genuine British tartan cloth with an elastic closure, ribbon market, eight perforated end leaves and expandable inner note holder. It contains a removable booklet about the history of clan tartans, and a bookmark that gives information on the tartan.
Left side blank, right side ruled.
Trimmed page size: 14 × 9 cm.
Kinloch Anderson: The tartan cloth is supplied by and produced with the authority of Kinloch Anderson Scotland, holders of Royal Warrants of Appointment as Tailors and Kiltmakers to HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.