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14 October 1788 - Today in 1788 the first steamboat experiment was held on Dalswinton Loch. Robert Burns was farming at Ellisland, just outside Dumfries, when he was invited by his landlord, Patrick Miller, to go out in a small experimental steamboat. The boat, which was fitted with an engine designed by William Symington, was the first paddle-propelled steamboat in the world, and Robert Burns was one of its first passengers »
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The Scottish National TartansThere are many Scots and friends of Scotland for whom there may be no ready clan, family, or district tartan. In addition, there are cases where it may be inappropriate for a group to wear a variety of tartans and a uniform pattern is desired. Examples include bands, guides at national monuments, schools, and groups which represent all of Scotland. For these individuals and groups, one of the Scottish "national" tartans is a good choice.
In the past two hundred years there have been several attempts to create a single "All Scottish" or "Scottish National" tartan. Historically, such attempts have failed as the Scottish people, themselves, have chosen the "Hunting Stewart", the "Caledonia" or the "Black Watch" as their national tartans. The "Flower of Scotland" tartan with its patriotic and musical connotations may well break into this circle.