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Tartan Details - MacDonald

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

STA ref: 419
STWR ref: 419
Designer: Not Specified
Tartan date: 01/01/1819
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Clan/Family
Registration notes: Scottish Tartans Society notes: This is oldest recorded version of the Clan sett. It varies slightly from those recorded by Logan, Smibert, Grant etc., but the motif is the same throughout. Of the nine independent branches of the Clan Donald, there are at least 27 different setts. It was not until 1947 that the MacDonalds again had a high chief, MacDhomnuill, who by tradition has the final word on the tartans of the clan. That right was granted to Alexander MacDonald of MacDonald whose son Godfrey is now the 8th Chief. Green lightened to show sett. Same sett as is shown in 1880 Clans Originaux (BW June 2004). Sample in STA's Scarlett Collection.
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