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Tartan Details - Merrilees

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

STA ref: 1602
STWR ref: 1602
Designer: Wilsons of Bannockburn
Tartan date: 01/01/1829
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Clan/Family
Registration notes: An inversion of the Dress MacPherson (Stuart Davidson). Was being produced in 1829 as a fashion tartan named 'Meg Merrilies' after Sir Walter Scott's fictional gypsy character in 'Guy Mannering' (written in 1815). Over time and in the absence of anything else, it has come to be regarded as the tartan for that family name. Miss McD says in her notes: 'The first mention I had of this tartan was in an advertisment by D MacDougall, Draper, 27 High Street, Inverness in 1831...Meg Merrilees and other winter shawls.' From Dalgety Archives. There appear to be many thriving Merrilees Family associations worldwide who wear the Merrilees tartan as woven by D.C. Dalgliesh of Selkirk. See also #6369 (original Scottish Tartans Authority reference) for a modern colour inversion to produce the dress tartan.
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