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James Affleck

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 Comrie.
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 were 'trashed'.

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 welcome.

 





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