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Tartan Details - Black Watch (Government)

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Black Watch (Government)" tartan is shown below. 

STA ref: 207
STWR ref: 207
Designer: Unknown
Tartan date: 01/01/1739
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Military
Registration notes: In 1725, General George Wade, the commander of British forces in North Britain authorised the formation of six Independent Companies of troops to police the Highlanders. The companies were known locally as the 'Black Watch', in 1739 they were consolidated to form the 43rd (later 42nd) Regiment at which time this tartan is thought to have been designed. The Cockburn Collection (1810-15) includes four specimens of the Government tartan labelled; ‘Campbell Argyll’, 'Grant', ‘Munro’ and ‘Sutherland’.
Information notes: Sample in Scottish Tartans Authority Scarlett Collection
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