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  • Name of Tartan:
    Black Watch Dress (Fashion)
  • ITI Number: 3094
  • Category: Fashion
  • Designer / Source: Unknown
  • Date: 1882
  • Slog: BKB:WBW
  • Colour Sequence: BKBKGKGKWBWBW
  • Thread Count: Available to STA members only
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Black Watch Dress (Fashion)
  • Notes: A confusing situation with three contenders for the title of Black Watch Dress (this one plus 1965 & 3700), none of which is official. The Clan Sutherland (USA) website calls this version 'Black Watch Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Dress' and notes: "This tartan dates to about 1930 when the earliest known sample was available from John Lewis (a London store) who labeled it as Black Watch Dress. Messrs. Anderson of Edinburgh who obtained a sample from John Lewis labeled it as a Sutherland Tartan." A letter in the Black Watch Museum in Perth shows that Messrs Anderson wrote the following to a Captain Milne stationed at Queen's Barracks in Perth on 5th May 1937: "We are in receipt of your letter regarding the so-called Black Watch Dress Tartan. There was a vogue some 50 or 60 years ago to produce dress tartans for various families or Clans. As far as our information goes, this Black Watch Tartan was produced at that time, presumably for private use, not in any way connected with the Regiment. A considerable quantity of it may have been used, but it is not in any way authentic."
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