Doll of young Scottish lass wearing a tartan/plaid jumper over a black wool dress. A tartan is a pattern consisting of crisscrossed horizontal and vertical colors. usually associated with the culture of one of the Scottish clans. The doll is made with stuffed fabric, and has leather boots. Her face is printed on the material, and she has brown, orange and red wool for hair. She is wearing a necklace with a leather strap and a small donut made of oak. Tag says: “I was born in Poolewe in the Highlands of Scotland on 12/06/06. My number is 714. Please take care of me. My Gaelic name is Criostaidh. In English, this means Christy. The tartan used in the making of this doll is an authentic Elliot tartan. Each face is individually hand painted and each button is made from oak or birch twigs. The wool for the hair is spun in the Western Isles. Designed and handmade in the Scottish Highlands by Mary Buchanan. Cadach Bridge Cottage, Poolewe Ross-shire IV22 2JU Scotland UK.”
Location: United Kingdom
Main language: English
Currency: Pound Sterling
Construction: stuffed fabric, leather, yarn
Height in Centimeters: 43
Height in Inches: 17
Reading Level: 4.80
My name is Criostaidh, which is Gaelic for Christy. I live in a small village, called Poolewe, in the Scottish highlands. My family are members of the Elliot clan. Every Scottish clan has its own tartan (or pattern) for material. My blue dress is made from the tartan pattern for the Elliot clan. We Scots wear our tartans with great pride—the men wear kilts and the women wear skirts, dresses, and scarves.
Today is a big day for my family. It is the day before the big golf tournament that will be played at St. Andrews. Golf was invented in Scotland, and the St. Andrews course is very famous. I am helping my mother make a batch of black pudding that will be sold at a local pub to the tourists. Black pudding is also called blood pudding because it is made of pig blood and fat that is dried. It is a delicacy in our culture, and we like to eat it with poached eggs. The tourist seem to like it better if they don’t know what is in it!
After we finish making the black pudding, I will be able to go out into the cold, rainy weather with my friends. We will ride our bikes around the old castles and go down by the lochs (lakes). Maybe we’ll even see the Loch Ness monster in the deep lake. For hundreds of years, people have reported seeing a REALLY big fish or snake in the lake. I’ll take some extra black pudding with me just in case Nessie (the monster) likes it. Our parents tell us there is no such thing as the Loch Ness monster, but it is still fun to look!