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Tartan Details - Cornish National

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

STA ref: 1567
STWR ref: 1567
Designer: Morton-Nance, E.E.
Tartan date: 01/01/1963
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: District
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Registration notes: This tartan was designed by Mr E.E. Morton-Nance of Horner Park Rd, Padstow (a Cornish bard) in answer to criticism of the plain black kilts first introduced by Cornish patriots. Weaver D.C. Dalgliesh of Selkirk. Sindex say woven by Lochcarron. Samples in Scottish Tartans Authority's Dalgety Collection is labelled 'Cornish National Hunting.' Mr Morton-Nance was in partnership with Donald Rawe who designed the Cornish national Day tartan (#1262, original Scottish Tartans Authority reference). The rights of this tartan have now been taken over by Peter Morton-Nance of Gwethnoc Tartan Company of St. Austell Tel: (0845) 230 3919 and the royalties are destined for an educational trust fund. Each colour in the National Tartan has a special meaning: White on Black for St. Piran's Banner (The Patron Saint of Tinners), Black and Gold were the colours of the ancient Cornish kings; red is for the beak and legs of the Chough, the Cornish National bird and blue is for the sea surrounding Cornwall. The ancient kingdom of Cornwall is remembered in this tartan, designed by the Cornish poet, E.E. Morton-Nance. 1984 . He regarded tartan as the "heritage of all Celts" and extoll brave Cornishmen to wear the kilt of black and saffron, "Tints blazoned by her ancient Kings". The copy rights have been transferred to Peter R. Morton-Nance. There is also a Cornish Hunting tartan of more recent origin based on this sett. Scottish Tartans Society archive.
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