Argyle
   In western Scotland in a county named Argyllshire lived a duke of Argyle, the head of the Campbell clan. According to Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, the uke had a series of posts erected around the treeless part of his est e so that his cattle might rub against them to ease themselves of the torment of flies. The herdsmen saw the value of this practice, and as hey rubbed their own itching backs against the posts, they thankfully uttered the phrase God bless the Duke of Argyle. The phrase spread among the Scottish Highlanders and became a generally accepted humorous remark. The clan received additional publicity when it was mentioned in novels by Sir Walter Scott.
   Fabric manufacturers found that the Campbell clan tartan, in green and white, would make an attractive design. It gave rise to the manufacture of a diamond pattern, known as argyle plaid, used on sweaters and socks. The pattern has appeared on articles sold worldwide.

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  • Argyle, MO — U.S. town in Missouri Population (2000): 164 Housing Units (2000): 77 Land area (2000): 0.400758 sq. miles (1.037959 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.400758 sq. miles (1.037959 sq. km) FIPS code …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Argyle, NY — U.S. village in New York Population (2000): 289 Housing Units (2000): 132 Land area (2000): 0.356407 sq. miles (0.923091 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.356407 sq. miles (0.923091 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

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