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Traditionally the “Quaich” (prounouced quake) which originated in the Scottish Highlands was used both for a “cup of welcome” and also when offering a farewell drink. It signifies trust and friendship. The Quaich was originally made from the primitive “staved” wood, then later from horn or leather, eventually pewter or silver becoming popular as it became the favourite drinking cup throughout Scotland. Being derived from the Gaelic word “cuach” meaning “shallow cup” the distinctive design has remained unchanged over the centuries – a shallow drinking bowl with two handles, known as “lugs”.
Today quaichs have become a common site during Scottish wedding ceremonies. The newly married couple will each take a hold of one of the handles as they share a drink to symbolize their love, togetherness and trust. They may also pass the quaich around the guests to reinforce the trust and happiness of the couple, the families and all invited.
Many people today still offer welcome toasts to their guests using the quaich, but most give them as a gift to those they hold dear, or to celebrate a joyous occasion, such as a birth or marriage. These beautiful Scottish drinking cups are displayed in homes the world over and are, overwhelmingly, seen as a symbol of love, friendship, admiration and respect.
Friday 27th January – Theresa May, the British Prime Minister gifts President Donald Trump with a Scottish cup during her visit to The White House.
Why is Theresa May giving Donald Trump a quaich?
The Quaich signifies trust and friendship which is a clever gift between leaders of two countries.
The gift is a nod to Mr Trump’s Scottish heritage and connections.
His mother Mary MacLeod Trump was born on the Isle of Lewis, but later settled in New York.
Mr Trump also owns two golf courses in Aberdeenshire and Ayrshire, Scotland.