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7 July 2022
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Tartan Details - O'Farrell

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

STA ref: 1875
STWR ref: 1875
Designer: Not Specified
Tartan date: 01/01/1978
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Clan/Family
Registration notes: Said to be from the Clans Originaux published in Paris in 1880 by J. Claude Fres Et Cie. which purported to contain the earliest known record of a number of Irish tartans and many variations of Scottish Clan tartans. The only copy known to exist was discovered in America and is now in the possession of Pendleton Mills in Portland, Oregon. Research in 2003 by Scottish Tartans Authoroty showed beyond doubt that no Irish tartans were included in the publication of that name. The origin of the 'Irish tartans' therefore remains a mystery. The Sindex card for this tartan says 'per W.H. Johnston of Skippack, Penn. USA. August 1978.' Whether that was the information or the date of the alleged extraction from Clans Originaux is not known.
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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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