During the mid-18th century to the early 19th century in Scotland, Highland cultural symbols such as the Kilt, Tartan, and bagpipes came to be symbols of Scottish national identity. This process, called Highlandism, came to represent a form of Scottish Nationalism. Highlandism was started by the Highland Regiments, who wore the Kilt and Tartan with their uniforms. Robert Burns, the national bard of Scotland, also promoted Highlandism with his sympathetic and egalitarian views of the Highlanders. Finally, the great Scottish Romantic novelist Sir Walter Scott cemented Highlandism with his Romantic stories of the Highlands while bringing it to the physical sphere by infusing Highland imagery in George IV’s visit to Scotland in 1822. This was an ‘invention of tradition’ by the Scots who wanted to maintain cultural independence within the United Kingdom.
Corso-Phinney, Isaiah, "Redemption of the Gàidhealtachd: The Formation of Highlandism from 1745 to 1822" (2020). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 8811.
Cultural History | European History
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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