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Flora MacDonald would have been wearing Scottish tartan like this when she escorted Bonnie Prince Charlie in a tiny boat from the Isle of Uist (where my mother was born and raised) to the Isle of Skye. She is a Scottish heroine for helping him to escape after defeat at the Battle of Culloden in the 1746 during the much-romanticized Jacobite revolution.

Indeed, the Prince himself is forever pictured in paintings wearing swathes of tartan to underline his ancestral right to be King of Scotland. It was the Jacobites who hatched a plan to bring the handsome young Prince out of exile in France and crown him King on Scotland's throne.

Alas, it was not to be and the Bonnie Prince had to flee for his life back to France.

It is astounding to think that legends of Scottish history wore the tartan and we still wear it today - but of course, the wool being such natural protection against the wind and sea salt spray, the rain and the cold it is ideal for wildness of all kinds.

Jacobites are also often associated with tartan; of course the Highlanders who fought for the Stuarts were mostly clad in their clan tartans. Also in the 1740's, another way of displaying Jacobite sympathies was to wear a tartan waistcoat.

A prominent English Jacobite had an entire tartan suit made and it can now be seen on display at the National Museum of Scotland, in Edinburgh. Our traditional tartan kilt was banned for a time after the defeat of the Jacobites because of its rebel associations.

I love working with genuine Harris Tweed tartan - hand made on the Isle of Harris in the Hebrides and requiring authentication to be called 'Harris Tweed'. These Highland Cuffs made with Harris Tweed pure wool tartan and wool mix yarn will be sent with a Harris Tweed authentication card.

I think that even while I have made them seem quite feminine in my photographs, they would look great on a man too - perhaps your Tim Burton-style prince.

The natural browns, tartan and style makes them unisex. Ideal for men to wear with Tweed jacket, woolly sweater, wool coat. Or for wearing at the end of your sweater sleeves to cover your hands while working outdoors or with a dress, tee, or blouse for a staunchly Princess-come-Scottish heroine look.

I have hand-sewn the Harris Tweed to the band of knitted wool and left the tartan edges unfinished so that they will fray wonderfully over the years.

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Highland Cuffs: hand wash in delicate or wool wash and air dry.

Highland Cuffs, Harris Tweed tartan and wool

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Harris Tweed tartan, wool mix yarn
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  • Ships worldwide from Benbecula, United Kingdom
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