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Tartan Details - Spirit of West Lothian

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

STA ref: 7256
STWR ref: none
Designer: Anderson, Kirsty
Tartan date: 01/07/2007
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Corporate
Registration notes: The Spirit of West Lothian tartan embraces various elements of West Lothian. The predominant shades of green and coral are inspired by the council's corporate colours while blue, ivory and black are complementary and combine to create a very attractive tartan. The tartan was created to reflect the history and characteristics of the district. The green represents the Bathgate Hills where the Scottish patriot William Wallace lived and fought. The coral shade represents the shale oil bings of the 19th century shale oil industry and is also reminiscent of Linlithgow Palace fountain flowing with wine in celebration of the birth of Mary Queen of Scots. The blue represents the shimmering Linlithgow Loch and reinforces West Lothian's links to the Royal House of Stuart. The black in the tartan represents Westlothiana, or Lizzie for short, the world's oldest known reptile fossil discovered in a quarry near the West Lothian town of Bathgate, which commemorates its own strong links with Marjory, the daughter of King Robert The Bruce, in a colourful annual pageant. With many rich traditions, West Lothian has a proud heritage and much to look forward to in the future. Designed by Kirsty Anderson of the House of Edgar (Macnaughton Holdings Ltd) for the 'Kilt Centre' of Hamilton, but copyright later assigned to West Lothian Council.
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