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13 April 2024
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Tartan Details - Black Watch (Band Plaid)

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

STA ref: 396
STWR ref: 396
Designer: Wilsons of Bannockburn
Tartan date: 01/01/1819
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Military
Registration notes: Woven by William Wilson and Sons, Bannockburn, who note, under the 42nd Regiment entry in their 1819 Key Pattern Book, that to form the Plaid for the Band replace the R (red) for K (black) in the sergeants' plaids. Scottish Tartans Society notes: The 'Black Watch' has provided the base for many of the Clan tartans. Wilson had a monopoly to supply tartans for the regiments during the period when tartan was proscribed for (male) highlanders not possessing land. It was Wilson's habit to add stripes of various colours to differentiate the regiments he supplied, which, it could be argued, was the birth of the named clan tartan.
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