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Tartan Details - Fraser of Castle Leathers, Major James

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Fraser of Castle Leathers, Major James" tartan is shown below. 

STA ref: 1864
STWR ref: 1864
Designer: Unknown
Tartan date: 01/01/1730
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Other
Registration notes: Threadcount estimated from a portrait of Major James Fraser of Castle Leathers (1670-1760) by John Vanderbank, c.1715. Copies of the portrait are held by Highland Council and in the National Galleries of Scotland. The threadcount was taken by the Scottish Tartans Society to decorate Jacobite figures displayed in the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, Edinburgh in 1988.
Information notes: Major James Fraser of Castle Leathers (1670-1760) was an ardent Jacobite - although in this portrait he wears the black cockade of the House of Hanover. His manuscript memoirs were edited by Alexander Fergusson and published by D. Donald in 1889 as 'Major Fraser's Manuscript, His Adventures in Scotland and England, his Mission in France in search of his Chief, his services in the Rebellion and his Quarrels with Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat 1696-1737'.
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