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  • Name of Tartan:
    MacGregor - 1816 (Red & Black)
  • Alternative Name: Rob Roy, Old MacGregor
  • ITI Number: 1504
  • Category: Clan/Family
  • Designer / Source: Unknown
  • Date: 1704
MacGregor - 1816 (Red & Black)
  • Notes: 1819 Key Pattern Book & Highland Society of London. A specimen of the Rob Roy sett exists in the collection of the Highland Society of London (1816 - 1817), bearing the Seal of Arms of Sir John MacGregor Murray of MacGregor, Baronet, and signed John M. Murray and is labelled "The MacGregor Tartan for undress ordinary clothing." The specimens were collected during the period 1815-16. DW Stewart says no documentary evidence of Rob Roy actually wearing it but in their 1850 book "The Clan and Family Tartans of Scotland" William and Andrew Smith of Mauchline wrote: "Of this distinguished personage no fewer than three original portraits exist - all taken from life, and all dressed in this Tartan. One of these . . 1704 is at Broomhill near Hamilton; one . . 1714 ... Scottish Antiquarian Society . . one in 1734 in possession of George Buchanan, Esq, of Arden." Grant in his 1886 book 'Clans of Scotland' repeats the dates of the portraits. Also known as 'Old MacGregor' . Wlsons named it 'Rob Roy' probably following the publication of Scott's 'Waverley novels) . There is no set thread count for this pattern and it is woven at various sizes from 1inch to 6 inch squares in equal proportions.
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  • MacGregor - 1816 (Red & Black)
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