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Tartan Details - Blackie

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

STA ref: 7184
STWR ref: none
Designer: MacPherson, Mairi
Tartan date: 01/01/1880
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Other
Registration notes: A requested reconstruction by Jamie Scarlett MBE in May 2007 from a black and white photograph of a tartan shawl worn by Mairi Mhor nan Orain - 'big Mary of the Songs' (1821-1898) from Skye. Mairi MacPherson started composing in her 50s, and from then until her death produced some beautiful songs in Gaelic on a wide range of subjects. She was a leading figure in the battle for crofters' rights as was Professor John Stuart Blackie (1809-1895) from Edinburgh. Mairi apparently designed this tartan for him and it was conjectured by the Dualchas (Heritage Service for Skye and Lochalsh) that this might be the tartan worn by Mairi. Admittedly an extremely long shot but, in the absence of any other name, it has been given that of Blackie. The Dualchas Heritage Service have commissioned a colour painting from the Mairi photograph portrait which is why they were eager to ascertain the colours of the tartan shawl.
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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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