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Tartan Details - Rob Roy Macgregor

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

STA ref: 1504
STWR ref: 1504
Designer: Not Specified
Tartan date: 01/01/1704
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Clan/Family
Registration notes: 1819 KPB & Highland Society of London. A specimen of the Rob Roy sett exists in the collection of the Highland Society of London (1816 - 1817), bearing the Seal of Arms of Sir John MacGregor Murray of MacGregor, Baronet, and signed John M. Murray and is labelled 'The MacGregor Tartan for undress ordinary clothing.' The specimens were collected during the period 1815-16. D.W. Stewart says no documentary evidence of Rob Roy actually wearing it but in their 1850 book 'The Clan and Family Tartans of Scotland'. W and A Smith of Mauchline wrote: 'Of this distinguished personage no fewer than three original portraits exist - all taken from life, and all dressed in this Tartan. One of these, 1704 is at Broomhill near Hamilton, one being 1714 Scottish Antiquarian Society and one is at 1734 in possession of George Buchanan, Esq, of Arden.' Grant in his 1886 book 'Clans of Scotland' repeats the dates of the portraits. Also known as 'Old MacGregor'. The 'Rob Roy' name is thought to have been attached during the romantic Victorian period. There is no set thread count for this pattern and it is woven at various sizes from 1inch to 6 inch squares in equal proportions.
Information notes: The Clan Gregor website lists four official Clan tartans: MacGregor of Cardney; MacGregor Red and Green; MacGregor of Glengyle and Rob Roy MacGregor. This tartan is described as MacGregor Red and Black on Clan Gregor website.
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