The Kirkin of the Tartans originated when the Scots were defeated
by the English at Culloden in 1745. The British Parliament passed
an Act in 1746 forbidding the wearing of tartans and keeping of
any Highland ways and culture. Nevertheless the Scots kept their
traditions secretly and the kirkin of the tartans took place once
a year at a church service where they wore their tartans concealed.
During the service the minister touched the tartans and pronounced
a blessing on them and the clans they represented. In this way,
the Scots confirmed their loyalty and respect for their ancient
In Argentina the Kirkin o’ Tartans is a thanksgiving service
held in March at St. Andrew’s City Church to commemorate
the arrival of the “Symmetry” and establishment of
the Monte Grande colony in 1825 and those attending this service
bring their family tartans to be blessed.