Located in sunny Central Florida, County Argyle focuses on two unique crafts: our own one-of-a-kind jewelry cast in sterling with gemstones and our curated collection of truly amazing vintage accessories from around the world.
Over the past ten years, we have earned a reputation for offering one of the most eclectic collections of vintage and antique Scottish-made, sterling and gemstone jewelry on the east coast. Looking for a true Victorian bloodstone kilt pin or a one-of-a-kind vintage accessory? If we don’t have it or can’t make it, we will find it exclusively for you.
Today we spend much of the year on the road, showcasing our wares at events across the eastern U. S. From week to week, you may find us at a Scottish Highland Games, a regional folk festival, a bluegrass music jam, a local craft market or something entirely new. You can also shop some of our favorites online or visit with us during one of our lively Sunday Market online events.
As much as we love seeing each and every one of you on the road, we’d also love to show you around here at home. If you are ever in the metro Orlando area, check out our selection of awe-inspiring vintage clothing and hand-cast jewelry at The Lovely Boutique in Orlando’s amazing Audubon Park neighborhood. Drop us a line and we’ll give you a personal tour.
County Argyll — archaically Argyle — is a region of western Scotland corresponding with most of ancient Dál Riata, which was located on the island of Great Britain. It also happens to be the region from which our families hail.
The name derives from Old Gaelic airer Goídel (the border region of the Gaels). As the early thirteenth-century author of De Situ Albanie explains, “the name Arregathel means margin of the Scots or Irish, because all Scots and Irish are generally called Gattheli (i.e. Gaels), from their ancient warleader known as Gaithelglas.” The word airer naturally carries the meaning of the word ‘coast’ when applied to maritime regions, so airer Goídel could also be translated as “Coast of the Gaels.”
The county town of Argyll was historically Inveraray, which is still the seat of the Duke of Argyll. Lochgilphead later claimed to be the county town from the 19th century. Neither town was the largest settlement, as Argyll’s largest towns are still Oban, Dunoon and Campbeltown.
Historically Clan Campbell was the main clan of this region and hosted the long line of the Dukes of Argyll. Clan Lamont has both allied and feuded with the Campbell clan over several centuries, culminating in the Dunoon Massacre. In the 19th century, the clan chief sold his lands and relocated to Australia, where the current chief lives.