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Tartan Details - Stephen-Mathieson

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Stephen-Mathieson" tartan is shown below. 

Reference: 10108
Designer: Peter Finch
Tartan date: 04/08/2009
Registration date: 27 November 2009
Category: Name
Restrictions: Yes. The tartan is intended for the use of: 1) Anyone by the surname Stephen whose family originates in the north-east of Scotland 2) Descendants and relatives of William Stephen (b.1832) and Margaret Mathieson (b.1835); 3) Anyone who by way of history, marriage, or friendship has an affinity with the family.
It is intended that the tartan will be woven by Fraser & Kirkbright Weaving Company, Vancouver BC Canada.
Anyone wishing to order this tartan, or have it woven should contact the designer.

Registration notes: This tartan is for the Stephen family, which has a long history in the north-east of Scotland. The colours are intended to reflect the ancient hunting Matheson tartan, with the pattern suggesting elements of both the Gordon and the Matheson tartans. Interpretation of the colours: green for 'greener pastures' and blue for the sea. The family is said to have arrived in Scotland seeking a better life, and later made other sea voyages all over the world in search of the the same outcome. The black is a reference to family occupations: farmers, railroaders, blacksmiths. The purple (heather) ribbon represents the family's Scottish roots and recalls Rachael Walters, whose favourite colour was purple and who touched many people in her short life.
Woven Sample: A woven sample of this tartan has been received by the Scottish Register of Tartans for permanent preservation in the National Records of Scotland.
Registrant details: Mr Peter Finch, #19 3477 Commercial St., VanCouver, British Columbia, Canada, V5N 4E8
[email protected]
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