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Above right: One of my own guinea pigs, Sundae, dressed in a kilt and nibbling carrots from a quaich, on a past Burns Night, celebrating the birthday of the beloved Scottish Poet, Robert Burns. Sundae was a very clever and svelte piggy, the only one who fit the pig-sized kilt.
You may be familiar with the traditional Scottish patterned fabric, tartan, sometimes referred to as "plaid."
Historically, tartans have been associated with the Highland Clans of Scotland, military regiments, and the royal family.
Here are some classics that many people recognize:
Believe it or not, there is a tartan designed just for guinea pigs! The "Guinea Pigs for Deborah" tartan, by master designer Carol A.L. Martin, references the beautiful coat colors of the common cavy.
Can you see your guinea pig's coat in here?
To learn more about this tartan, click here. To see some guinea pigs sporting kilts, scroll down below.
And if your guinea pig in a kilt feels like dancing, there is a Scottish Country Dance devised as a tribute to guinea pigs and their awesome dance moves. Click here for more!
"Guinea Pigs For Deborah" Tartan
The Rarest of Combinations - Guinea Pigs and Scottish Tartan
Guinea pigs being minded by Rob Roy MacGregor - feeding time at the quaich - suspect these guinea pigs were rustled
Gulliver Guinea Pig
Playhour was a British children's comics magazine published between 16 October 1954 and 15 August 1987, featuring Gulliver Guinea Pig
Guinea Pigs and Poets
"Wee sleekit cowrin tim’rous beastie .." Say, who are you calling tim'rous? Sláinte and Wheek Wheek!
Children with kilt and guinea pig, American artist Marcus A. Waterman (1834 – 1914).
Hmmm ... what is that fashionable French 1967 model holding in her Guy LaRoche tartan jumpsuit? Sacre bleu! C'est un cochon d'Inde!
What's Under or In the Kilt?
Gulliver Guinea Pig
Gulliver the Guinea Pig's "Hiking Holiday" in Scotland - Playhour was a British children's comics magazine published between 16 October 1954 and 15 August 1987, featuring Gulliver Guinea Pig