My father's latest hobby has been researching our family's genealogy. Our ancestry is mainly German and Dutch. However, recently I called my father and asked him if we have any Scottish ancestry because I wanted to run a race in a kilt. After a slight pause on the phone he said he'd have to get back to me on that.
Sure enough, a couple of days later he e-mails me back to say he found a Scottish link. Turns out my 33rd great-grandfather Ragnwald van M?re (born circa 825) was a Jarl (roughly the equivalent of an Earl) on the isles of Orkney, north of the Scottish mainland.
There is even a Orkney regional tartan. Although the tartan is probably of a relatively modern design, and my ancestor Ragnwald almost certainly never wore it, I feel I could wear it in good faith.
Unfortunately the turnaround time on a custom kilt is about 6 to 8 weeks, so that's not going to happen. At least not this year.