The Scottish Tradition of Kirkin o’ the Tartans

The Presbyterian Church is steeped in Scottish tradition as it was developed in the 16th century by John Knox. “Kirk” is the Scottish word for “church.” Tartans, with their distinctive plaid, represent specific Scottish clans, regions, or regiments.  The “Kirkin’ O’ The Tartans” is the presentation of a Scottish family’s symbol, its tartan, at church for blessing.

On Sunday, November 20th, First Pres welcomed bagpiper Scott Beach for its “Kirkin’ O’ The Tartans” celebration.  Scott has been playing the Great Highland Bagpipes for over 35 years. Being the son of an Irish descended US Navy father and a mother who was born in Scotland, Scott was originally trained on the bagpipes by the world famous pipers, Murray and Patricia Henderson in Scotland, where Scott lived for 4 years in the early 1980’s. Scott is one of few bagpipers in Colorado trained in the Old Country and is devoted to sharing the Scots-Irish music and culture with his hundreds of audiences each year throughout the Rocky Mountain State and beyond.