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23 February 2020
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Tartan Details - Fraser (1745)

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Fraser (1745)" tartan is shown below. 

STA ref: 1424
STWR ref: 1424
Designer: Sobieski Stewarts, The
Tartan date: 01/01/1745
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Clan/Family
Restrictions:
Registration notes: The Vestiarium Scoticum sett is the most popular Fraser tartan. Scottish Tartans Society notes state: Early references include Wilson's of Bannockburn, but Wilson did not name the sett. D.W. Stewart contends that this is in fact an early Grant tartan which he traced to a portrait of Robert Grant of Lurg (1678-1771), hanging at Troup House before it was closed around 1894. It is undoubtedly the most popular Fraser pattern today. See Grant of Lurg at #527 (original Scottish Tartans Authority reference). An early Kilbarchan sample has the green and blue so dark as to appear black which produces a quite different tartan In their 1850 book 'The Clan and Family Tartans of Scotland' W and A Smith of Mauchline wrote: 'We addressed Lord Lovat on the subject of the Frazer Tartan, who writes, - 'I many years ago took a great deal of trouble to find out the old set, and I ascertained, beyond all doubt, from the evidence of old people and old plaids, that the Frazer Tartan, previous to the year 1745, was the same pattern I now send you.' Lochcarron swatch.
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