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Tartan Details - Manitoba Province

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

STA ref: 144
STWR ref: 144
Designer: Rankine, Hugh Kirkwood
Tartan date: 01/01/1961
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: District
Registration notes: Another of Canada's prairies provinces, Manitoba is probably from a Cree name meaning 'the place where the spirit (manitou) speaks.' The designer of this tartan was Hugh Kirkwood Rankine who was born in Winnipeg of Scottish parents. It's said that during a leave in Scotland during World War II, he became interested in tartan and on his return learned how to weave and in time produced this 'history in cloth' which was given Royal Assent in 1962. The red squares represent the Red River Settlement; the green squares signify the natural resources of the province; the azure blue squares represent Lord Selkirk, the founder of the Red River Settlement and the dark green lines are for Manitoba's multi cultural population. In his 'District Tartans' book, Gordon Teal states that sometimes the tartan is depicted with the dark green as red. This, he said, is an example of the errors that can be caused by the Lord Lyon's use of heraldic colours to describe tartans.In heraldry G, gules, is red, whereas G in conventional tartan terminology is green. Recorded in Lyon Court Book No 14. 5th April 1962. Lyon count: Y4 DeepRed 12 LG2 G4 LG24 Az2 LG2 Az4. Tartan Society has additional version (#145, original Scottish Tartans Authority reference) which uses light green in place of green but this not included in this database.
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Where tartans were recorded before the establishment of the Scottish Register of Tartans (SRT) on 5 February 2009, the original Scottish Tartans Authority (STA) and the Scottish Tartans World Register (STWR) reference numbers have been retained. The new SRT reference number can be found in the address box on your browser (url).

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