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Tartan Details - Caledonia

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

STA ref: 1356
STWR ref: 1356
Designer: Wilsons of Bannockburn
Tartan date: 01/01/1800
Registration date: Not Specified
Category: Fashion
Registration notes: Also known as William Wilsons No.155. Popular in the eighteenth century this particular tartan appears in a number of guises. Romantic stories are told of its origin but in reality little is known (Gordon Teall, Scottish Tartans Society). Jamie Scarlett MBE asserts that Wilson's No 155 has never been named, and that Miss Margaret MacDougall was in error when she included it in Robert Bain's 'Clans and Tartans of Scotland' (1953) as Caledonia. It is included here because of its obvious family resemblance to other Caledonia setts. Wilsons of Bannockburn a weaving firm founded c1770 near Stirling. The Pattern books are in the National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh.
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