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Tartan Details - Telfer, Jamie of the Fair Dodhead

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Telfer, Jamie of the Fair Dodhead" tartan is shown below. 

Reference: 10112
Designer: Duncan Telfer
Tartan date: 24/11/2009
Registration date: 4 December 2009
Category: Fashion
Registration notes: Is it a true story? We may never know for certain. In a Border Reivers ballad, recorded by Sir Walter Scott and others, the story is about a poor farmer Jamie Telfer. A threat to his livelihood by English raiders was averted by timely intervention of neighbouring clans, but sadly not without losses to his valiant helpers. If true, this tartan serves to commemorate our heroic distant kinsman, but in any case celebrates the instances of friendship and cooperation between clans and families - all too rare a commodity in those wild days of the Border conflicts. Structure of this tartan was evolved from the Telfer (green) and here the costs of conflict are signified with red and the thin gold line symbolises Jamie's recovery of livelihood. Other colours denote the moorland heather (purple) and wooded landscapes (green) under a blue sky, and the many burns that run (light blue) across the beautiful regions of Ettrick and Teviotdale. This tartan is for the use of all of the name of Telfer and is dedicated to all with interest in Scottish language, literature and history. Although there are no restrictions, anyone intending to manufacture or use this tartan is encouraged to contact the designer (or his direct descendants) at [email protected], and a choice of preferred charities will be offered for a suggested donation. Copyright of this design belongs to Duncan Telfer. It was developed for weaving by House of Tartan.
Registrant details: Mr Blair Urquhart, House of Tartan Ltd, 9-11, East High Street, Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland, PH7 3AF
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