The Tuesday tree: green oak
Of all the beautiful trees that grow here, the oaks have a particular significance. Oak leaves are a symbol of my husband’s family. Each Scottish clan has what is known as a plant badge. We must allow for Victorian romanticisation of Highland history but, supposedly, this tradition derives from the days when clansmen fought battles and skirmishes in nothing but their long shirts (the cumbersome kilts being thrown off beforehand) and needed something to distinguish friend from foe. So the Drummonds would stick a sprig of holly in their bonnets, for example, and the Macdonalds made use of the handy purple heather. The Camerons and Stewarts, amongst others, adopted the oak leaf. And a very fine badge – or brooch, or indeed any kind of ornament – it makes, too.
You can see a favourite oak tree here at Oak on a frosty morning.