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  • Name of Tartan:
    Gordon (Clan)
  • ITI Number: 223
  • Category: Clan/Family
  • Designer / Source: Forsyth, William
  • Date: 1793
  • Slog: BKB:BKB
  • Colour Sequence: BKBKBKGYGKBKB
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Gordon (Clan)
  • Notes: The Gordon tartan is the regimental tartan of the famous Gordon Highlanders and was selected by the Alexander, the 4th Duke from a choice of three submitted by William Forsyth, a weaver and outfitter from the town of Huntly. Forsyth wrote on 15th April 1793 "When I had the honour of communing with His Grace the Duke of Gordon, he was desirous to have patterns of the 42nd Regiment plaid with a small yellow stripe properly placed. I imagine the yellow stripes will appear very lively." A Gordon website claims that the Duke offered the other two Forsyth samples to Gordon Branch or Cadet Families. The Gordons of Hallhead and Esslemont selected the tartan with three yellow lines and the Gordon-Cumming of Altyre and Gordonstoun chose the tartan with two yellow lines. The earliest known date from a list compiled by D C Stewart from Wilsons of Bannockburn letters is 1798.
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