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Tartan Details - Houston (Personal)

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

STA ref: 2290
STWR ref: 2290
Designer: Houston & Houston
Tartan date: 01/11/1994
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Name
Registration notes: The Houston tartan was asymmetric but the Scottish Tartans Society appear to have assumed that it was symmetrical which produced this erroneous version. The story behind it is that it was designed by John P. Houston of Batesville, Arkansas and W. James Houston of New Zealand. They wished to register the tartan but TECA in the US was unsure as to its qualification as a tartan and suggested that the two Houston armigers in Scotland should have the prerogative of naming a Houston tartan, and that TECA would designate this tartan a 'John Houston'. The two Houstons are said to have taken offence and asked to have the swatch returned. Sample in Scottish Tartans Authority's Johnston Collection. The correct version is shown at #6043 (original Scottish Tartans Authority reference).
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