Cunningham Clan Tartan
48 x 59 inches
Cunningham Tartan Blanket
This pattern was published in 1842 in the
'Vestiarium Scoticum' which was written by
two brothers known as the Sobieski Stuarts.
The colours of red and black are derived from
the old MacGregor tartan as 'Cunningham'
was one of the names adopted by the
MacGregor clan when it was broken and
scattered following the clan's victory against
the Crown's allies, the Colquhouns, at Glen
Fruin in 1603.
The stripes straddling the white are given in
the Vestiarium Scoticum as "blew" but in
practice most weavers produce them as black.
I have adopted the original blue.
Province of Manitoba Tartan Blanket
The designer of this tartan was Hugh Kirkwood Rankine who was born in Winnipeg of Scottish parents. On leave in Scotland during World War II, he became interested in tartan and on his return to Canada learned how to weave and in time produced this ‘history in cloth’ which was given Royal Assent in 1962. It was recorded in the Lyon Court Book as No 14 on the 5th April 1962. The Scottish Tartan Society had an additional version (#145) which used light green in place of green.
The red squares represent the Red River Settlement, now the City of Winnipeg founded in 1812 by Highland crofters; the green squares signify the rich natural resources of the province, the farm lands, forests, minerals, fisheries and water power; the azure blue lines represent Thomas Douglas, the Earl of Selkirk (a colour from the Douglas tartan), the founder of the Red River Settlement and recruiter of the crofters; and the dark green lines represent Manitoba’s multi cultural population; and the golden lines for represent the grain crops, first planted in 1812 at the fork of the Red and Assiniboine by Miles MacDonnel, leader of the first party of settlers.
Province of Manitoba Tartan
48 x 60 inches
Black Watch Tartan
47 x 58 inches
Black Watch Tartan Blanket
The Black Watch tartan is the tartan of the
1st Battalion Royal Highlanders, The Black
Watch. The regiment dates back to 1725
when it was formed as six independent
Watch Companies and used to maintain the
Government's peace in the Highlands. It
was called the Black Watch to distinguish
it from the red-coated regular troops. In
1739 four additional Companies were
raised to form, in 1740, the 43rd Regiment,
which was later renumbered to the 42nd.
Despite its military origins, there is no
hard evidence for how the tartan came to
be designed, although there are many
theories: that the tartan is derived from
the Campbell tartan as three of the
original Companies were commanded
by Campbells; that the tartan is derived
from the Campbell tartan because the
regiment was first commanded in 1740
by the Earl of Crawford, who being a
Lowlander had no clan tartan, but had
Campbell connections; that it was derived
from the Grant clan tartan; that it was
designed to honour Lord Lovat, a
commander of one of the other companies;
and finally that it is a dark version of the
Royal Stewart tartan. Although one, or
possibly more, of these theories could be
correct there is no historical evidence to
corroborate any of them.
MacMillan Tartan Cotton Throw
The MacMillan tartan was first described in
the 'Clans Originaux', a tartan sample book
produced by J Claude Fres & Cie in 1880. It
is probably older than this date as the tartan
pattern is very similar to other tartans found
in the Vestiarium Scoticum of 1842.
MacMillan Cotton Tartan Throw
44 x 55 inches