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Tartan Details - Stewart, Prince Charles Edward

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Stewart, Prince Charles Edward" tartan is shown below. 

STA ref: 1371
STWR ref: 1371
Designer: Not Specified
Tartan date: 01/01/1880
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Other
Registration notes: The Prince Charles Edward sett is essentially the Royal Stewart but for the much reduced red square. Wilsons of Bannockburn included it in their 1819 Key Pattern Book, the details indicate that they had been weaving it for a number of years and it seems likely that the naming was theirs. Later in the 1800s it was worn as the regimental tartan by the 72nd Duke of Albany’s Own. In their 1850 book 'The Clan and Family Tartans of Scotland' W and A Smith of Mauchline wrote: 'Our reason for giving this, is, that it is copied from the identical coat worn by the young Chevalier when in this country, and which is in the possession of a gentleman of high respectability in Edinburgh, who has distinguished himself by a work upon the 'Highlanders of Scotland.'' That author was no doubt W. F. Skene whose book of that name was published in 1836. However, the Smiths story is apocryphal; the coat was examined in 2019 and found to date to the early 19th century.
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