Tartan Day

April 6th marks Tartan Day: a celebration of Scottish heritage and the date on which a declaration of Scottish Independence was signed in 1320. Bruce County’s ancestry has strong roots to Scotland; Bruce County even has its very own tartan.

Bruce County 150th Tartan Day April 6th.

Show off your tartan to win Bruce 150 more than $50 in Bruce swag!

This Tartan Day, April 6, 2017, the Bruce 150 invites all residence and businesses to sport any tartan item for a chance to win a Bruce 150 prize package. Tartans from all clans are welcome and the prize includes a Bruce 150 t-shirt, water bottle, ball cap, and a Bruce County Illustrated History with artwork by Ken Thornburn. 

To enter, just post a photo of you, sporting anything tartan, to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/BruceCounty150 before 11:59pm on April 6th.

The random draw will be made on April 7th.

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National Tartan Day in Canada

Tartans of all varieties are worn on Tartan Day, which recognizes and celebrates the contributions of Scots and their descendants in Canada on April 6.

On October 21, 2010, the Minister of Canadian Heritage officially declared April 6 as Tartan Day. It is celebrated on April 6 because it is the anniversary of the signing of Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, the Scottish declaration of independence. In Canada, the day originated in the late 1980s in Nova Scotia, where it was declared an official day by the provincial government. It then spread across the country, with many provinces joining in.

Bruce County TartanHistory of the Bruce County Tartan

Red, yellow, green, white, and deep blue, all make up the family colours of James Bruce Earl of Elgin, and Kincardine. These colours also make up the Bruce County Tartan.  The Tartan is plaid with the above colours.  Each of these colours represents some aspect of Bruce County. Such as the blue represents the great waters as well as the white; the green represents the crops and agriculture, the red represents the Canadian maple leaf, the yellow, or gold, or copper represents the original settlers and natives.  

In 1963, the women's institute was responsible for getting the tartan underway. The tartan is the Bruce Clans, however it is in different colours.  In April 1964, Lord Bruce, son of the Earl of Elgin sent a letter and a sample of a tartan stating that if they wished to use the Bruce Clan tartan they may. The sample tartan that was sent along with the letter was one for Bruce County that was hand woven on the advice of Lord Lyon, and approved by the Earl of Elgin.  The pattern (if they chose to use it) would be exclusively granted. Lord Lyon suggested a deep blue on either sides of the white, thus being a distinguishing change from the Bruce Clans tartan. Bruce County also needed a coat of arms, to be recorded at her majesties registry house in Edinburgh Scotland. Lord Lyon designed this.  The dedication of the tartan took place in Southampton's Jubilee Park on July 10, 1965. 

The Bruce County tartan was registered by Lord Lyon, king at arms, at her majesty's registry house in Edinburgh, Scotland. At this time there were only four other authentic tartans registered in Canada.  They were in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.  So in the words of the Women's institute "wear the Bruce County tartan with pride.  It is our own with a great future ahead."