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James Cant MA

Another early tartan academic of whom we know very little indeed.

James Cant M.A. lived at Denhead of Grey, in Invergowrie, Dundee. Died 9th December 1960 "dearly beloved husband of the late Lizzie Duncan" buried at Balgay Cemetry. Friend and colleague of Jack Dalgety of Forfar. The STA has large book of James Cant (donated by Jack's son) full of meticuously documented thread counts and an even larger volume of almost 400 hand-painted colour strips.

Below is just one page of many hundreds, where James Cant carefully recorded the details of a host of tartans. This particular tartan is one of a collection (mostly un-named) from the Norwich company of Bolingbroke & Jones that closed at the end of the 1800s. The method of recording the patterns, is in modern eyes unbelieveably cumbersome and complicated when all that had to be done was to count the actual threads - exactly as the weavers did to produce the fabric! However - all the early researchers seemed to blindly follow this method. They documented each design by delineating separate sections - as shown here (A & B) - and then measuring the width of each line/band of differently colourred threads in eighths of an inch. One eighth is taken to eqwual 4 threads.

James Cant book





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