Don’t Take the High Road: Tartanry and its Critics

David Goldie

in From Tartan to Tartanry

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638772
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653539 | DOI:
Don’t Take the High Road: Tartanry and its Critics

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This chapter argues that it is entirely credible that the heady collision of Sir Walter Scott, King George IV, and European Romanticism in Edinburgh in 1822 explains much about tartanry's sentimental vulgarity and its weird mixture of ostentation and supplication. It observes however that what remains seemingly beyond the range of explication is the fundamental, almost ridiculous mismatch between this impractical concoction and its symbolic importance to a nation seeking to build an international reputation on its hard practical skills in engineering, industrial chemistry, and finance.

Keywords: Sir Walter Scott; King George IV; European Romanticism; Edinburgh; tartanry

Chapter.  5853 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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