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Tartan Details - Thomson Camel

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

STA ref: 2421
STWR ref: 2421
Designer: Thompson, J.C. 'Scotty'
Tartan date: 01/01/1990
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Fashion
Registration notes: As with Thomson Camel #5129 (original Scottish Tartans Authority reference), this is thought to have been designed about 40 years ago and has often been linked to an American called J.C. Thompson. The reason for that is obvious when 'Thomson's Fancy' is viewed - it just has azure in place of the white shown here. Whilst this Thomson Camel here has the red stripe in the same position as Burberry, the white stripes are much further apart and have a white line between them. Close up, there is no problem in distinguishing between this and the genuine Burberry. Lochcarron substitutes blue for the two narrow black lines. Lochcarron swatch. Another opinion suggests that this was designed by Laird Portch. The late Scotty was one of north America's leading experts on tartan and was a prolific author, his most popular book being 'So you're going to wear the kilt?' He also co-authored 'Scotland's Forged Tartans' with the father of modern tartan research, the late D.C. Stewart.
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