|Jackie started researching the Connor line a number of
years ago. With that research came an interest in acquiring a kilt
that would be appropriate for honoring his Connor heritage.
kilts have shown that there is not a wrong choice. If you just want a
kilt, you can choose any tartan. They are not like family crests and
licensed only to a single person. Although the Scottish tartans are
best known, the Irish also had them. And while we are naming tartans,
there is an American National tartan and tartans for each of the American
Military Services. Some American states (Texas for one) have their own
tartan and there is even one honoring the Confederacy. The background for this page
is the Texas Bluebonnet Tartan.
If you want a kilt to honor an Irish ancestor, its can be made from the
National Tartan of Ireland, the District or the County from where the
ancestor came, or in a select few, the tartan of the family.
In the case of the Connor name, Jackie chose the tartan for County
Tipperary, the county where our O Connor ancestors resided. Once the
tartan was selected, it was time to buy it.
That first kilt (Tipperary)
was bought in January of 2005. Since then, Jackie has acquired one for
family line (January 2006) and the
Irish National kilt in
Back Yard Project
Be forewarned! A good kilt is not cheap. By the time you
purchase the kilt ($500), and the stuff that goes with it, shirt ($50), belt
($30), buckle ($40), cap badge ($20), kilt pin ($20), sporran ($150),
stockings ($25) and sgian dhu (knife) ($80), the total is close to a $1,000.
But, you get what you pay for... and in this case the product was worth it!