John McGregor Hastie
McGregor Hastie, John ~ notes from Jamie Scarlett.
"John McGregor Hastie had been a violinist with one of the BBC
touring orchestras. When I met him he and his wife were living in
dire poverty in very poor conditions in Birmingham. He was
primarily a collector and had amassed a collection of 960
fragments, many of his own weaving, which he sold to the Society
(Tartans Society). I was beginning to weave then, and I bought up
the remnants of his yarn and wove more specimens to his
instructions to keep him happy. I do not think he was particularly
intellectual and he certainly got hot under the collar if argued
with, but a collection like that, largely from rubbish bins of
tartan merchants all over the country was of great value to later
workers. Micheil MacDonald apparently said that he was made an
honorary Chief of the Sioux tribe!"
The MacGregor-Hastie Collection, which is said to have formed
the basis of the Tartans Society records, was though to have been
sold in tot to the Society but . . . the Huntly House Museum in
Edinburgh claimed in 2003 that it had inherited the whole of the
Telford Dunbar Collection in the 1960s, part of which was 'a'
MacGregor Hastie collection.