Spartans Learn About Tartans

Turns out my family didn’t have their own tartan, but the clan they were in with did!
June 13, 2016

This morning we headed into the center of Edinburgh to meet with Brian Baglow, the head of marketing for Rockstar Games, the company who makes the Grand Theft Auto series. He took us through the history of video games and explained how integral games are in modern day life. This lecture reminded me a lot of a class I took at MSU: Understanding Media. However, this lecture was more in-depth when it came to the evolution of gaming through different consoles. I really enjoyed learning more about the gaming industry, especially because I consider myself a gamer and keep up with the current industry.

Grand Theft Auto, made by Rockstar Games. Source

After lunch, we met up at Kinloch Anderson, a company famous for its tartans. Tartans, plaid-like designs that represent clans and other groups, are very integral to Scottish history and culture. By tradition, mean wear tartan kilts to weddings and other formal events in Scotland. Tartans have been around for centuries, dating back to somewhere between the 8th and 6th centuries BC.

ancient tartan.jpg
Ancient tartan relic. Source

Kinloch Anderson itself has been around for 6 generations providing kilts and tartan designs to the Royal family, companies, and many Scottish civilians. As it turns out, my last name is very Scottish. I was able to trace back my name to the MacKay clan’s tartan design.

MacKay clan tartan.

Scotland so far has been one of my favorite places I have ever visited. I’m excited to see what else it has in store for us.

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