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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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District TartansDistrict tartans have existed alongside clan and family tartan for centuries. Since the second world war there has been great interest in district tartans, parelleled by an increaase in their number, both within Scotland and abroad.
District tartans in the British Isles are no longer confined to Scotland alone. They are found also in other areas which have not just a strong Celtic tradition but as a means of symbolising their own country and district's identitiy.
The development of district tartans will undoubtedly contine wherever people wish to establish a means of a common identity.