After years of fighting to retain its independence from Nuclear
Electric, Scottish Nuclear is finally to succumb to the inevitable. Next
monthsees the two companies folded into British Energy in preparation
The Scots spirit, however, remains unbowed. Scottish Nuclear is
determined to keep its separate identity and has even commissioned its
own tartan in its corporate colours of red and blue.
Tartan was such a powerful symbol of clan loyalty that it was rigidly
suppressed following the Jacobite rebellion. So, imagine our surprise
when we discovered this picture of Scottish Nuclear press officer Mark
Whittet addressing the Haggis at a ‘getting to know you’ session with NE
PR staff on Burns night. Whittet’s kilt is certainly not Scottish
Nuclear’s new design. Whittet, who can trace his lineage back to the
Robertson clan who fought alongside Bonny Prince Charlie at the Battle
of Culloden, explains the Scottish Nuclear tartan was not available in
time for Burns night.
As for the Robertson tartan, ‘it’s very red’, complains the ginger-
mopped Whittet, and ‘the ladies in the hire shop said the Macrae matched
my hair colour’.