It is 1745 and the Jacobite cause is in tatters after the disastrous highland Battle of Culloden. Bonny Prince Charlie's attempt to restore the Stuarts to the throne is over, and he is fleeing westwards before the forces of King George.
The Prince seeks refuge in Borrodale, where the fair Catriona Macdonald gives him food and shelter. Later he sets off again wrapped in one of Catriona's tartan plaids against the Scottish storms. Still harried by the marauding English army, Charles escapes to the Hebridean islands, and thence to France and safety.
Still harried by the marauding English army, Charles escapes to the Hebridean islands, and thence to France and safety. He leaves the plaid with Campbell of Scalpay, and it is divided up into precious momentos of the lost Stuart cause. Secret momentos too, for the English crown is aware of the Power of the Plaid, and the wearing of tartan is banned for forty years afterwards...
...For two hundred years fragments of this plaid lay in various museums, after all this time largely unrecognised. Now eight years of painstaking research has pieced together the pattern and allows for an authentic reconstruction of this ancient and beautiful cloth, so intimately connected with this most romantic of stories.
As you wrap this Authentic Shetland plaid rug around you, think of that day when a Prince's call for help was answered by young Lady Catriona MacDonald of Borrodale with what will always be known as "Lady Borrodale's Gift".
SORRY: Temporarily out of stock.
We are weaving more now, and they should be available in early 2015.