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Tartan Details - Reid (1939)

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Reid (1939)" tartan is shown below. 

STA ref: 5874
STWR ref: none
Designer: Not Specified
Tartan date: 01/01/2003
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Other
Registration notes: A bolt of cloth bought in 1939 by an American visitor, Alma Barker Johnson, who was told by a 'government recommended' shop that it was the 'Family tartan for Reid' - she was researching her family lineage and connections with a Sir John Reid. She took the cloth back to the US and at least a dress and a kilt were made from it. An interesting mystery. It is unlikely that if a Reid tartan existed in 1939 that it immediately sank into oblivion with no record of it remaining, but would the enquirer's great aunt have bought a bolt of a fashion tartan unless it had some family significance? Thread count estimated from a photograph of the kilt.
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