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Tartan Details - Burns Check

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

STA ref: 1736
STWR ref: 1736
Designer: Marchand/Harrison
Tartan date: 01/01/1959
Registration date: Not Specified
Category: District
Registration notes: Almost 50 years ago the late Baron Marchand of Messrs George Harrison & Co. of Edinburgh explained to E.S. Harrison of Johnstons of Elgin, how the Burns Check came about. He related that he had been approached by a friend from 'The Scotsman' newspaper with the suggestion that he create a Robert Burns tartan. The first idea had been to base it on the Campbell - a clan with which the Burns family were connected - but after much discussion it was decided more appropriate to model it on the Shepherd's Check. The overcheck introduced 'the hodden grey and a' that' and a little flavour of green fields was added. There was thought of calling it the 'Ayr Tartan' but that was discarded in favour of the present name which more aptly celebrated the bicentenary of the poet's birth. In June 1959 the Burns Federation accepted the design with the condition that all goods should be made in Scotland. This was superceded by the Burns Heritage Check (ITI 2206) which in turn has been superceded by the Burns Heritage Tartan (ITI 4515). Various woven samples of #1736 (original Scottish Tartans Authority reference) with 5, 6 and 7 black bands.
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