A few years ago I went into a Scottish shop to get a swatch of the Penman tartan. The lady looked through her book and said "Penman has no clan." It did say that they were from Tweedside, 14th Century. She said it was next to England. I wondered if the name was originally British. There is the British name Penniman. My father had borrowed a clan book many years ago, and he thought it had indicated the Penmans were of the Campbell clan of of Argyll. I don't know what book that was. As I remember, it was complicated. The lady at the Scottish shop, however, seemed to know what she was talking about. She also said that the picture of my great-grandfather in his little kilt was probably a prop at the photography studio, as the plaid he was wearing didn't look like anything she had seen before. So much for family stories.
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