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Tartan Details - Forbes, Ancient

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

STA ref: 212
STWR ref: 212
Designer: Not Specified
Tartan date: 01/01/1949
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Clan/Family
Registration notes: Although this is not the version used by weavers it is the Official Forbes (Ancient) as recorded in Lord Lyon's Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland. (PRA 37/124) 2nd December 1949. Lyon count: B2 K12 B12 K12 G12 K2 W2. Scottish Tartans Society notes: Lord Lyon includes the word 'Ancient' in register entry. The Clan Forbes is said to originate from one Ochonochar, who slew a bear to gain possession of the Braes of Forbes in Aberdeenshire. The charter for the land was granted later in 1271.
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