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Tartan Details - Melville

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

STA ref: 6328
STWR ref: none
Designer: Wilsons of Bannockburn
Tartan date: 01/01/1847
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Clan/Family
Registration notes: This is the correct sett for Melville with just one black line on the blue. See also #1050 and #5593 (original Scottish Tartans Authority references). Scottish Tartans Society notes: 'There is a sample in the Moy Hall collection (1848). This sett, also known as Oliphant and Melville, appears in one of Wilson's notebooks in 1847. It is mentioned in a letter dated June 1824 but without any means of identification. It is also to be found in the Scott Adie (London) collection and in the MacPherson Museum in Newtonmore. Wilson records the second pivot (between the white lines) as blue.' See also #5593 (original Scottish Tartans Authority reference) where the blue is shown as purple. Sample in Scottish Tartans Authority's Scarlett Collection.
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