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Scottish Heritage Celebration to end with Kirkin’ of the Tartans Service

Laurinburg, N.C. – The Scottish Heritage Weekend Celebration held annually in March will end with the Kirkin’ of the Tartans Service at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church beginning at 11 a.m. on March 20.

“We hold this special service with Laurinburg Presbyterian Church as a way to celebrate the Presbyterian connection to our Scottish Heritage,” said Bill Caudill, director of the Scottish Heritage Center at St. Andrews Presbyterian College and the Scottish Heritage Weekend coordinator.

In addition to special music with bagpipes and organ, the service also includes a parade of Tartan banners carried into the sanctuary by various clans. The tradition is for the head of each clan to carry the Tartan banner in for a blessing.

The Kirkin’ of the Tartans translates loosely as the blessing of the Tartans or families. The tradition began in the United States in 1945 following a service by Rev. Peter Marshal, chaplain to the United States Senate. Marshal brought the service together as a way to show additional support to Scottish Americans involved in World War II. Legend has it that following the Act of Proscription in 1746 banned wearing any sign of a Tartan, among other Scottish traditions, Highland churches held a special day for the Highlanders to gather. This assemblage would have a very small piece of Tartan concealed under their outer clothing and with the right hand held over the piece, they would join in a prayer to ask for the repeal of the Act of Proscription.

Reservations are requested for those interested in carrying a Tartan banner in the service and required for those wishing to attend a lunch following the service.

The service serves as the last formal event of a weekend that includes the Charles Bascombe Shaw Memorial Scottish Heritage Symposium featuring experts on Scottish history and culture, the Scottish Heritage Awards Banquet and a concert featuring award winning Scottish fiddler Bonnie Rideout with narration by Dr. John Purser, Gaelic song by Máiri Síne Chaimbeul and piping and drumming by members of the St. Andrews Presbyterian College Pipe Band.

For a full schedule of events and registration information, please go to http://www.sapc.edu/shc/scottishheritagesymposium.php or call the Scottish Heritage Center at 910-277-5236. Email reservations are also taken at rsvp@sapc.edu. Please remember to include Scottish Heritage in the subject line and include names of all participants.


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An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.

On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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