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Tartan Details - Gallowater, Original

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

STA ref: 1570
STWR ref: 1570
Designer: Wilsons of Bannockburn
Tartan date: 01/01/1793
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: District
Registration notes: The names 'Gala Water' and 'Gallowater' seem to be interchangeable and which is used seems to depend on the source. The count was taken from a manuscript account book in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland in Queen Street, Edinburgh. In 1996 Lochcarron produced something very close to this for Peter Anderson & Co of Galashiels and it was also incorporated into Lochcarron's Border Tartan Collection. This is very probably the sett referred to in the records of Wilson's of Bannockburn in 1793. The details are recorded in a later manuscript dating about 1800 which are at present in the Royal Museum of Scotland. It is therefore the oldest but not quite the same as the tartan called 'Old Gala Water'. Wilsons of Bannockburn a weaving firm founded c1770 near Stirling. The Pattern books are in the National Museum of Antiquities, Edinburgh. Copys of the Pattern books and letters in the Scottish Tartans Society archive.
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