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3 October 2023
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Tartan Details - Pennsylvania

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

STA ref: 3130
STWR ref: none
Designer: Johnston, Bill
Tartan date: Not Specified
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: District
Registration notes: Not yet accepted by the State as official (March 2007). Designed and copyrighted by the late Wm.H. Johnston 1992. Registered with the Tartan Educational and Cultural Association on 10 March 1993. Based on the Black Watch which served at the Battle of Bushy Run, near Pittsburgh, in 1763, thus assuring western Pennsylvania and the 'Ohio Country' for Great Britain. 'Tartans' (Johnston/Smith 1999) states (Page 109) that this is the State Tartan. Sample in Scottish Tartans Authority's Johnston Collection. Johnston's book has a serious error in that the threadcount for the second pivot is given as R/4 whereas in reality it is B/4. The Sheepskin Shop in Ebensburg PA that markets blankets in the tartan has obviously used that threadcount from the book.
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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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