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Tartan Details - Sea Dog Bamse, Pride of Norway

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Sea Dog Bamse, Pride of Norway" tartan is shown below. 

STA ref: 7858
STWR ref: none
Designer: Macnaughton Holdings Ltd
Tartan date: 01/01/2008
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Fashion
Restrictions: Yes. Copyright holders: Macnaughton Holdings Ltd and Angus Whitson
Registration notes: Bamse was a Norwegian St Bernard dog that had escaped to Scotland, accompanying his master, the captain of who captained the Norwegian minesweeper KNM Thorodd. In 2008 Scottish authors Angus Whitson and Andrew Orr wrote a book on his exploits and designed this tartan to commemorate his life and work.

The symbolism of the Sea Dog Bamse tartan is inspired principally by the colours of Norway's national flag and ensign of the Royal Norwegian Navy. Red for blood, the Viking colour, blue for the ocean and white for the snow. Those colours are mirrored in the Scottish Saltire, the Scottish national flag and in the Royal Standard of Scotland which is a red lion rampant on a gold field - Gold, also represented in the Royal Standard, is priceless, as is the value of Freedom, the gift which Bamse fought and died for.

The heraldic colours of Nordkapp or North Cape, identifying Bamse's hometown of Honningsvag, are represented in Red and Gold. The heraldic crest of the Royal Burgh of Montrose is a red rose with the motto (in Latin) "Mare ditat, Rosa decorat" The Sea dictates, the Rose adorns.

The ensigns armorial of the City of Dundee are: "Azure, a pot of three growing lilies Argent", Three silver (white) lilies on a blue field.

The tartan has been designed with the four colours of red, blue, white and gold which unite the countries and places with which Sea Dog Bamse is associated. We hope that Norwegians will adopt and wear the new tartan which honours the life of a truly remarkable wartime canine hero, whose memory remains bright in Scotland and Norway.
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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).

The registration criteria now applied by the Register conforms to the Scottish Register of Tartans Act 2008. These criteria are different to those previously applied by either the STA or the STWR. You may wish to refer to the STA website for further information on the original recording of this tartan.
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