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Tartan Details - Rose

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

STA ref: 845
STWR ref: 845
Designer: Sobieski Stewarts, The
Tartan date: 01/01/1842
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Clan/Family
Registration notes: The text of the Vestiarium gives the colours as purple and crimson but in the plate they appear as mid blue and scarlet. The Lord Lyon records crimson as red. D.C. Stewart regarded this sett as a 'dress' tartan. ('The Setts..' 1950) James Logan records a 'hunting' version. ('The Scottish Gael' 1831). The following is throught to have come from a letter to Wilsons circa 1822 from a merchant: 'Please send me a piece of Rose tartan, and if there isn't one, please send me a different pattern and call it Rose.' In other words the clan tartan system just developed. The castle of Kilravock which has been the residence of the Roses for over five centuries is still the seat of the chief. In Lord Lyon's Public Register of all Arms & Bearings in Scotland 36/8 dated 10th November 1946. Count LG1 R14 B3 R2 1/2 B1 R1 B1 R 5 1/2 W1. It is reported that 'By the time King George IV came to Edinburgh In 1822, everyone was wanting a clan tartan.
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