Scottish heritage

I was born in Scotland and came to Australia when my parents emigrated in 1965.  I love Australia and am a proud Australian but am also proud of my Scottish heritage. 

This is my dad’s family.  He grew up in Caithness on a croft in Boultach.

My mother’s family were fisherfolk from Fisherrow, Musselburgh.

My mother was a pharmacist and an incredible woman.

When my elder daughter told me she was expecting her first child I wanted to make something for her child, something that would reflect my Scottish heritage and could be passed on to the next generation.  I remembered my mum having a Shetland ring shawl and I thought I would see if I could make one.

I searched the net for a pattern.  This was in 2006, before I had heard of Ravelry.  Ravelry is an amazing website where you will find all things relating to yarn. You need to join up to access the community but it costs you nothing.

I found a pattern at Four Seasons.

Brora is the name of one of the villages in Caithness so it was a nice link to my heritage.

The pattern and the wool.

A ring shawl is so fine that it can be pulled through a wedding ring!  When I saw the pattern I felt a bit daunted.

 The pattern and wool I had purchased from Canada.  I guess at the time it must have been cheaper to do it this way.

I was delighted with the result.

17 Comments Add yours

  1. northernnarratives says:

    Wow, what a beautiful shawl! Judy

    1. suth2 says:

      Thanks Judy. I appreciate your comment. I have just started this blog so was excited to get my first comment. Heather

  2. Love the pic of grandma, what a lady!

    1. suth2 says:

      She sure was, Bonita. Great to hear from you. Heather

  3. Wow! What a joy sharing some family photos with Chris! Please post more!

    Your shawl is intricate and beautiful too.

    1. suth2 says:

      Thanks for your comment Brigitte. I am really enjoying doing this blog. I’m not sure if others would be interested in family photos but I will endeavour to fit some more into future blog posts.

  4. I love the shawl. It is so beautiful. And I have an Irish heritage and love the old pictures. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. That’s an amazing creation, and I love the old family photos.

  6. Margaret Anne Thompson says:

    You da bomb Diggity. Such skill.
    Just been checking out all the Shetland knitting It’s so lovely. I love the Midlothian hats Neipheid,and Caller herring are my favourites.
    We had so much trouble in Scotland trying to find nice Scottish hats like these, also Harris Tweed garments,however in Japan we noticed many Harris Tweed products available. Scotland should get onto their marketing. Forget the tartan Tam’s with the Orange hair I say!
    Nice to share our family pictures. I still would love a copy of Mum’s brother in the fishmongers with a big fish on the slab. Do you have that one?

  7. suth2 says:

    I’m not sure if I do but I will get it to you if I do.
    The Shetland knitting is fabulous. I think I will buy Kate Davies book when it is published next month.
    James bought a Harris Tweed waistcoat and bonnet when he was in Scotland.
    The Tartan tams with the orange hair are certainly an abomination.

    1. Margaret Anne Thompson says:

      Maybe it’s George that has that one then.
      Yes more men’s garments,we found a cute hat for Georgia too, but found it interesting to find kinda hip gear in Japan without looking.
      Sounds quite a story, Kate Spade,recovering from the stroke she suffered. That would have been terrifying. She must be so talented to work out all those complicated designs. That would help to keep her brain sharp that’s for sure.
      Just had a night out with some old girlfriends from school last night.what a laugh.John was in his element being the only bloke there! I think they both may have gone out with George for a bit.Chris is as droll as ever,great aussie sense of humour, and Sally is just lovely. Great to catch up with old friends.

  8. Hello Heather (brilliant name for a Scot, love it!)
    I went all tingly when I looked at the photo’s of your family, they are real treasures! I love old photo’s, have a few dotted around the house of our ancestors. I also have a few that I have “no-idea-what-so-ever” who they are! I am a fan of going to the local auction rooms to pick up bits and bobs (the whole house is furnished this way, hardly a new thing in the place… some of my friends think I’m bonkers!!!???) Once bought a box of framed photo’s to use for our family pictures, but when I looked at some of the strangers faces, just couldn’t bear to take them out of the frames so have kept them all exactly as I bought them! I have a dear little boy with blond curls, sailor suit sitting on a trunk with a HUGE smile on his face, his picture is on the wall in our study… who is he?
    I am totally impressed with the shawl project too! Oh boy, it is going to be absolutely beautiful!
    Best wishes, as always,

    1. suth2 says:

      I love the old photos too. The oldest one we have in our house is one of my husband’s grandmother. It is difficult to get really old items at auctions here in Australia as our history is so young compared to the UK.

  9. Linda Gill says:

    Hi Heather

    My Grandmother grew up in Boultach. I am wondering if we are related? My great grandparents were Jane Sutherland who married Robert Dunbar. Please feel free to get in touch.

    1. suth2 says:

      Hi Linda, my grandparents were Peter Sutherland and Christina Barnie.

      1. suth2 says:

        Hi Linda, A correction to my previous reply. My Boultach grandparents were Peter Sutherland and Henrietta Barnie. Sorry for the error. Great Grandparents were Peter and Jane Sutherland, George Barnie and Christina Sutherland

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