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17 June 2024
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Tartan Details - Shepherd or Falkirk

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

STA ref: 1253
STWR ref: 1253
Designer: Not Specified
Tartan date: Historic
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Corporate
Registration notes: This is an old traditional border shepherd's check made of white wool and black wool, and which was later introduced to the Highlands and formed the basis of many of the estate checks. Also known as 'The Falkirk Tartan' because of the discovery of such a weave in the neck of a jar containing Roman coins buried about 260 A.D. The black and white check is woven today as a family tartan for the surname Shepherd tartan. Notes from add: 'The 'Northumberland' tartan, also known as 'Border', 'Border Riever', and 'Shepherd's Check' predates most Scottish tartans and has long been associated with shepherds of the Border region who were encouraged to move north after the Highland clearances. As early as 1760 the Duke of Northumberland (Percy family) designated this tartan for his personal piper. It was later adopted as the plaid for pipers of The Northumberland Fusiliers, the official tartan of Northumberland County and that of the Shepherd family. Seems only to be woven at this time (August 2005) by the Northumberland Tartan Company -
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