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Tartan Details - Greyfriars

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

Reference: 10337
Designer: Moffat, Paul
Tartan date: 14/12/2010
Registration date: 12 January 2011
Category: District
Restrictions: Yes. Copyright assigned to The Grassmarket Community Project, 84-86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QA.
Woven by House of Edgar, a division of Macnaughton Holdings, the copyright holders.


Registration notes: The Greyfriars Tartan was designed by Paul Moffat, a participant at the Grassmarket Community Project. The Grassmarket Community Project (GCP) was formed as a partnership between the Grassmarket Mission and Greyfriars Kirk. GCP is about is about supporting people through transitions in their lives and about re-connecting disengaged people. Founded on work with those traditionally labelled ‘homeless,’ this project has been extended to adults who are facing ‘deep social exclusion’ and have been marginalised by lack of opportunity, skills and aspiration. Through engaging with traditional crafts, like weaving, participants have the opportunity to develop skills and increase their social networks. Working with Greyfriars kirk, the textiles class designed the Greyfriars Tartan to represent the shared history of the area. Greyfriars, now home to the congregation of Greyfriars Tollbooth and Highland, stands in grounds that had belonged to the Franciscan convent in the Grassmarket - hence the name Greyfriars. It was the first church built in Edinburgh after the Scottish Reformation. In 1638 the National Covenant was presented and signed in front of the pulpit. During Cromwell's invasion of Scotland Greyfriars was used as a barracks from 1650 to 1653. During Cromwell's invasion of Scotland Greyfriars was used as a barracks from 1650 to 1653. The most famous story from the nineteenth century, however, is that of Greyfriars Bobby. Bobby was a Skye Terrier, looked after by John Gray for the last two years of the old man's life. After the death of Gray, Bobby reportedly guarded his grave for fourteen years, capturing the heart of the Lord Provost, William. Chambers organised for the Town Council to pay for Bobby's dog licence, and so saved him from being rounded up and destroyed. They Greyfriars Tartan represents the history of the area and the work of the community.
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.
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