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October 08, 2015


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My Dad and I shopped at a Scotch House in London several years ago. When we asked what sizes a certain sweater came in, the sales lady replied, "They are available in sizes small, medium, large, extra large, and HUGE!" We thought that was hilarious, and I still think about that sometimes while wearing my tartan necktie. Miss The Scotch House!


I had been fascinated with the question of how the kilt become the Scot­sman’s national dress, but I did not think to ask how the taste for things Scottish moved way south of the border. Certainly King George IV's famous visit to Edinburgh in 1822 was important but you mention that it took until 1839 for the Gardiner brothers to leave Glasgow to open The Scotch House in London. It would be interesting to know what sparked Londoners' interest in things Scottish in the 17 years between.

thanks for a great link

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