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Tartan Details - MacGregor of Glengyle

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

STA ref: 450
STWR ref: 450
Designer: Not Specified
Tartan date: 01/01/1750
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Clan/Family
Registration notes: Woven on Deeside c.1750. A sample is in the McGregor Hastie Collection which can be found in the Scottish Tartans Society Museum artefact reference B18/6. Notes (May 2006) from Sir Malcom MacGregor of MacGregor, Chief of Clan MacGregor explains that the MacGregor of Deeside and the MacGregor of Glengyle are really one and the same. He has a specimen of this tartan (BLACK and red) which his grandfather obtained from Skeoch Cumming in 1922, who got it from an old woman in Nairn who said it was the tartan of the MacGregors of Glengyle whence her people came. The Chief said 'My father believed this to be correct, bearing in mind the history of the MacGregors of Deeside. The MacGregors transported to Aberdeenshire by the Earl of Moray who came from his estates in Menteith to fight the Mackintoshes in about 1624, were almost certainly MacGregors of Glengyle and would have worn that tartan. Another specimen of this sett is in the possession of Andersons of Edinburgh, believed to date from 1750. It is in red and blue colours as opposed to red and black. Red and black would be a logical extension of the Red and Black discussed above (#1504, original Scottish Tartans Authority reference) so why there is blue instead of black is a mystery.'
Information notes: The Clan Gregor website lists four official Clan tartans: MacGregor of Cardney; MacGregor Red and Green; MacGregor of Glengyle and Rob Roy MacGregor.
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