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30 September 2022
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Tartan Details - Sutherland of Duffus

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

STA ref: 3232
STWR ref: none
Designer: Not Specified
Tartan date: 01/01/1715
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Clan/Family
Registration notes: Original count per McKinlay. From the Sutherland Clan website: 'This is the oldest of the Sutherland tartans, of which one can be certain that it could have possibly been worn by members of the clan prior to 1746. Referred to today as Sutherland, it appears in a portrait of Kenneth, 3rd Lord Duffus, one of the Sutherland lairds, painted in c.1715 by Richard Waitt. ' The name of Duffus comes from the lands of Duffus in Morayshire and is probably from the Gaelic words, dubh and uisg, meaning 'darkwater' or 'blackwater'.
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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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