Tuesday, December 13, 2011

In Honour of the Glengarry Light Infantry Fencible Regiment

 The Glengarry Highlanders arrived in Upper Canada with their families in 1802-03. This was a military emigration, sending men who had served as soldiers to Upper Canada for the dual purpose of internal defense and settling the country.
Below is a snapshot of the quilt that Sheila from Kingston, Ontario is entering in the War of 1812 Quilt Challenge, she just finished it yesterday.   Her inspiration is the Glengarry Light Infantry Fencible Regiment.


 






MacDonnel of Glengarry is the clan tartan in the centre of the top half of her quilt.  This was the tartan of many of the men of the Glengarry Light Infantry Fencible Regiment (War of 1812.)

Shelia imagined a Scots woman starting her medallion quilt in the Highlands with a scrap of tartan cloth, bringing her work-in-progress to her new home, and hurriedly adding a lower section in 1811-12. She couldn't get tartan in Upper Canada, so she did her best (in the medallion style she knew) with what was available.



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