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Tartan Details - Forsyth (1795)

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Forsyth (1795)" tartan is shown below. 

STA ref: 1122
STWR ref: 1122
Designer: Forsyth, William
Tartan date: 01/01/1795
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Clan/Family
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Registration notes: This is the sett used by contempory weavers but there has to be a question mark over its accuracy - see #2085 (original Scottish Tartans Authority reference). Very similar to Leslie with the yellow stripe replacing the white. 'History of the Forsyth Family' (Jennie Forsyth Jeffrie, 1918) gives the history. Clan Chief Alistair Forsyth was recognised by Lord Lyon in 1978 - the first for over 300 years. (Scottish Tartans Society). See #6803 (original Scottish Tartans Authority ref) for a slightly different count and the use of azure in place of blue. Weavers now call the azure version 'old colours'. Sindex notes say that this sett was said to have been designed c.1795 by William Forsyth, a tailor in Huntly. It was he who had been commissioned by the Duchess of Gordon to design a suitable sett for the 75th or Gordon Highlanders raised in 1794. The following extract from the Lord Lyon's Tartan Committee is dated May 1991.
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