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Tartan Details - Spens/Spence

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

STA ref: 1671
STWR ref: 1671
Designer: Not Specified
Tartan date: 01/01/1816
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Clan/Family
Registration notes: Said to be the count from a sample in the Highland Society of London Collection at 72epi. Sample in Scottish Tartans Authority's Johnston Collection. Scottish Tartans Society entry: 'The Spens tartan is similar in many respects to the Perthshire District sett, which is in turn, a variation of one of the Drummond tartans. The Perthshire sett was being woven by Wilson's of Bannockburn in the early years of the nineteenth century. The name, Spens, is linked to a specimen preserved in the collection of the Highland Society of London.' Colour checked against modern sample.
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