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1 July 2022
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Tartan Details - Sutherland

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

STA ref: 930
STWR ref: 930
Designer: Sobieski Stewarts, The
Tartan date: 01/01/1829
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Clan/Family
Registration notes: From Vestiarium Scoticum. The foundation resembles the Black Watch with red and white lines superimposed (Jamie Scarlett MBE). Scottish Tartans Society notes for this tartan don't exactly make sense. 'The earlier date refers to a letter from Gordon Earl of Sutherland instructing Murray of Dulrossie to 'remove the red and white lines from the plaids of the men so as to bring their dress into harmony with that of the other Septs.' This sett is also recorded by Smibert in 1850. Smibert's work lends greater authority to the accuracy of the tartan.'
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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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