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Tartan Details - Mackenzie

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

STA ref: 267
STWR ref: 267
Designer: Unknown
Tartan date: 01/01/1778
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Clan/Family
Registration notes: Threadcount recorded by Kenneth F Mackenzie in the Public Register of all Arms and Bearings in Scotland, 37/127, 27 December 1949. The Mackenzie is the regimental tartan of the Seaforth Highlanders, who were raised by MacKenzie, Earl of Seaforth, in 1778. The clan held lands in Ross-shire and around Muir of Ord, but in the 12th century, they were removed to Wester Ross, (Kintail). The chiefly line of Kintail died out (as prophesised by the Brahan Seer) and the MacKenzies of Cromarty were recognised as Chiefs of the Clan. Wilson's 1819 pattern book records various widths and weights of cloth suitable for the different ranks in the regiment. In 'The Clan and Family Tartans of Scotland' (1850), W and A Smith of Mauchline wrote: 'Both the 71st and 78th Regiments now wear the Tartan common to the MacLeods and the MacKenzies.' This sett is also recorded in Clans Originaux (1880).
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