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Tartan Details - British Columbia

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

STA ref: 808
STWR ref: 808
Designer: Ward, Earl K
Tartan date: 01/01/1967
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: District
Registration notes: Adopted as the official tartan in 1974 through the British Columbia Tartan Act. The Scottish ancestry of this most westerly of Canada's provinces is highlighted by an early suggestion that it be called New Caledonia. That was discarded however because the name had already been used in the South Pacific and the name British Columbia was confirmed by official proclamation in 1858. Columbia, after the river of the same name, was the traditional name for the south of the colony. The tartan was designed by Earl K Ward of Victoria in 1967 as part of the 1966-67 centennial celebrations marking the creation of the province as one colony and in 1974 it was officially adopted as the provincial tartan. The Pacific Dogwood is the official flower of the province and is represented by white in the tartan. Green is for the BC forests which cover an area twice as big as all of the New England states and New York State. Blue is for the Pacific Ocean, red is for Canada's national emblem of the maple leaf and gold is for the sun and the crown in the provincial flag. The tartan was recorded in the Lyon Court Books (LCB 18) on 8th January 1969.
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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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