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Tartan Details - Clodagh/Cork

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

STA ref: 1795
STWR ref: 1795
Designer: Dalgliesh, D.C.(Source)
Tartan date: 01/01/1970
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: District
Restrictions: Yes. Prepared for weaving by D C Dalgliesh Ltd.
Registration notes: Said to have been based on a sample found in the Bog of Allen in Southern Ireland (100 miles away from Clodagh). Colour variation of Royal Stewart. There is also an entry (#1796, original Scottish Tartans Authority reference) of virtually the same tartan labelled Bowling. The original note for Clodagh said 'In Pendleton Book of Irish tartans this is labelled as 'Dowling'' . But no 'Irish Tartans' book has ever been found at Pendleton and the book referred to was doubtless 'Clans Originaux' which we now know does not contain a Clodagh/Bowling/Dowling or indeed any other of the claimed Irish tartans. Specimen of Clodagh was presented to the Scottish Tartans Society by Hugh MacPherson (Edinburgh) in July 1980 (woven by D.C. Dalgliesh of Selkirkin 1970 according the J Dalgety papers). The Clodagh could well be what a Royal Stewart/Victoria tartan looks like after being buried in a bog for over a century. A simple and logical explanation may well be that the 'Clodagh' bog tartan was discovered by someone called 'Dowling' whose name then became associated with it. In May 2004, Phil Smith found the following notes of Bill Johnson's. 'Clodagh, Dowling, Fitzpatrick, from a tracing of swatch in Pendleton's 'Irish Tartans' 1990, Kennedy, Forde and Kiernan.' Not known if the book was dated 1990 or the tracings were made in 1990. Pendleton have no knowledge of any such book.
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