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Tartan Details - Cairns of Finavon

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

STA ref: 7006
STWR ref: none
Designer: Newsome, Matthew A C
Tartan date: 01/09/2006
Registration date: Not Specified
Category: Name
Registration notes: Asymmetric tartan designed for David Cairns of Finavon, Baron of Finavon. Cairns is an armigerous Scottish family with records going back at least to the 14th century. The Cairns family has a long affiliation with the Clan Grant. The basic sett for the Cairns tartan is taken from the Black Watch because many generations of Cairns have served in that regiment, and also because it is the Hunting Grant tartan. The colouration is that of the Lindsay tartan, as the title Baron of Finavon was originally held by the Earls of Crawford. The yellow line on the maroon is to reflect the livery colours of David Cairns, yellow and red. The azure lines are an allusion to the Grant tartan. The Baron of Finavon intends this tartan to be used by any of the name Cairns or a variation thereof: Cairns, Cairnes, Cairnis, Carnes, Carns, Cayrns, Carnys, Cearns, Kairns, Kairnes, Kairnis, Karnes, Karns, Kayrns, Karnys, Kearns.
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