D. W. Stewart
"Donald William Stewart was the son of a factor on an Irish
estate and a member of the Edinburgh 'literati'. He was a partner
in the firm of Romanes & Paterson, the 'Royal Tartan
Warehouse'. His book, 'Old and Rare Scottish Tartans' was published
in 1893 and contained a selection of forty five setts of special
interest or antiquity woven in silk,. Many of the illustrated
tartans owe their present day popularity to the publication of this
work. A second book, on the subject of the Sobieski brothers
'Costumes of the Clans' was planned but not completed.
He was virtually ruined by the failure of a hosiery business for
which he stood as guarantor and his marriage broke up as a result,
his wife taking the family to Beckenham in Kent, where she joined a
sister in a millinery business.
Sadly. he took to the bottle and was eventually packed off
to Australia as a remittance man and thereafter disappeared from