Pope Benedict sports Scottish tartan created by American
(Photo: Pope Benedict in the popemobile in Edinburgh September 16, 2010/David Moir)
Pope Benedict paraded through Edinburgh on Thursday wearing a potent symbol of Scottish nationalism — a tartan shawl of a pattern created by an American in honor of his visit to Scotland.
Scotland’s Cardinal Keith O’Brien draped the shawl over the pontiff’s shoulders as he entered the popemobile for the drive up the Scottish capital’s historic Royal Mile.
The new “St Ninian’s Day Tartan” was created by American Matthew Newsome, director of the Scottish Tartans Museum at Franklin, North Carolina. He said he was “thrilled that my design was chosen for the official Papal visit tartan.”
In the tartan, a white line on a blue field takes in Scotland’s national colors, while the green reflects the color of lichens on the stones of Whithorn in Galloway where St Ninian — Scotland’s first saint — landed to bring the Gospel to the country over 1,600 years ago.