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Scottish Tartans: Cape Breton Tartan Fine Things

Cape Breton IslandCape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is named after Scotland and of course the Scottish Tartans are very popular there. Dave Yonkers' Scottish heritage on his mother's side draws his attention to all things Scottish especially tartans and bagpipes.

Dave & I wondered off the cruise ship in Sydney, Nova Scotia and saw a sign directing us to a craft show off the main street where we met  the owners of Cape Breton Tartan Fine Things, two absolutely delightful people who specialize in placemats and

Tartans, kilts, blankets, coasters, napkins, tablecloths, caps

Cape Breton Island # #  Cape Breton Island

We can't wait to take our coasters to the Kerr reunion next summer, We will pass the word about  Cape Breton Tartan Fine Things as the source of all things Scottish.




The Tartan evolved over centuries as some say it belongs to the 'mists of time.' The first written record of tartan was in an account of James III in 1471 listing 'blue tartan.'

Cape Breton Island's Tartan     Cape Breton Island

Black for the wealth of coal mines,

Grey for our Cape Breton steel,
Green for our lofty mountains,
    our valleys and our fields.

Gold for the golden sunsets shining
    bright on the lakes of Bras d’Or.

We are so pleased with the Kerr coasters that we want to pass the word about  Cape Breton Tartan Fine Things as the source of all things Scottish.

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Comments (14)

Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Mary - what a great find.  I'm sure your coaasters will be a big hit a the Kerr reunion next summer.

Sep 28, 2012 12:17 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

How cool.  I love unique things and it looks like you found something you will treasure.

Sep 28, 2012 12:59 PM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®
Very cool! Heading to see if I missed some photos of your journey!! Have a great weekend!
Sep 28, 2012 01:30 PM
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Mary, thanks for your lesson on Scottish Tartans...I enjoyed learning the meaning of Cape Breton Island's Tartan! :)


Sep 28, 2012 05:54 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Good morning everyone.  Thanks for visiting and commenting on this special post, special because of my husband's Scottish heritage. I am teaching Real Estate Fundamentals today, but I will be back later to visit your sites.  Thanks.

Sep 28, 2012 09:47 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Mary, how fun this trip must have been!   I have heard Nova Scotia is really a great place to visit, but did not know about the Scottish heritage.   

Sep 28, 2012 10:39 PM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

I love finding the unexpected and charming when I travel, Mary, and it sounds like you found it here.


Sep 28, 2012 10:46 PM
Doug Rogers
RE/MAX Coastal Properties - Destin, FL
Your Real Estate Resource!

More than a little Scottish in my family tree. Of course my Irish kin are quick to remind that the IRISH settled Scotland. So in a sense we are Irish!

Sep 29, 2012 12:04 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

You make it very tempting to take that cruise.  I think Dolores would love it.

Have an outstanding weekend and be certain to have your camera in hand to capture the special moments.

Sep 29, 2012 02:15 AM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

I have a scarf that is the Wallace tartan.  My dad's family a million years ago left Sterling and settled in Ireland.

Sep 29, 2012 06:09 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Valerie, we hope to get back to Cape Breton Island for more than two days.  I was especially impressed with the people.

Joan, I was not aware that Cape Breton existed before the ship stopped there.  What a pleasant surprise! I wish we had had more time to explore.

Thanks, Toni. Yes, we try to see things that are not immediately noticeable to tourists by getting off the beaten path.

Doug, I did not know that the Irish settled Scottland. Family get togethers must be interesting in your family.

Roy, well, maybe you & Dolores ought to just plan to take the cruise next year.  I think they only do this trip mid-May to mid-October.

Liz, you are lucky to have a scarf with your family tartan.  Now that we are back I wish I had bought other items.

Sep 29, 2012 09:28 AM
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good evening Mary.

Thank you for sharing your great experience with us.


Sep 29, 2012 10:06 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

You are welcome, Joshua.  I appreciate your visiti this evening.  Mary

Sep 29, 2012 10:33 AM