When provenance of some tartans is mentioned, reference is
sometimes made to the late Bill Jonnston and the "Affleck slides".
Apparently this referred to a series of colour slides made by Dr.
James Affleck (died August 1997) who was a Professor at
Pittsburgh University. Dr. Phil Smith designed a tartan for him in
1977 (#8392) which was woven at the time by Peter MacDonald in
Bill Johnston apparently set great store by James Affleck but
little is known of him. The whereabouts of the 'slides' is unknown
and it's suspected that like so many such endeavours, their worth
was probably unappreciated on their originator's death and they
James belonged to the Scottish Room Committee of the University
of Pittsburgh and was encouraged to start an endowment for
study in Scotland by his 'dear friend Frank Slater'. That award was
still being given in 2007. It's not known if we're talking of the
same James Affleck but a genealogy forum entry notes: "James
Affleck 850 Old Mill Road, Pittsburgh, 15238."
A family member remembers him visiting them in Scotland when she
was a child."
Recently (August 2015), Vicki Macleod of Scotpress/Unicorn has
kindly added a few snippets:
"The slides were put together by James Affleck who was for many
years the tartan information person at the Ligonier Highland Games,
and would have been a contemporary of -- or probably a bit older
than -- Bill Johnston. He was a true gentleman of the old school,
and when he died, Bill acquired (or Jim left them to him) Jim's
slides. I don't have specific dates on any of this, but I would
think sometime in the mid-80s. Jim would have been in the first
group of customers when we started Unicorn in 1979, and he
certainly was a gentleman of a certain age when we knew him. "
As always, any more information on James Affleck would be most