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  • Name of Tartan:
    Black Watch (Band Plaid)
  • ITI Number: 396
  • Category: Military
  • Designer / Source: Wilsons of Bannockburn
  • Date: 1819
  • Slog: BRB:BRB
  • Colour Sequence: BRBRGRGRBRBRB
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Black Watch (Band Plaid)
  • Notes: Never called 'Black Watch' so suggest that this is Deleted in favour of the 42nd entry. PEM May 07 Wilsons' note under the 42nd Regt Tartan entry in their 1819 KPB says that to form the Plaid for the Band replace the R for K in the sergeants' plaids- PEMcD Jan 05. There is a myth that this is MacGregor of Glengyle because circa 1850, the Band Director was a MacGregor of Glengyle and the myth states that 'he gave his tartan to the band'. Actually, Wilsons merely took Black Watch and changed the black to red as mentioned above. STS Notes: The 'Black Watch' has provided the base for many of the Clan tartans. Wilson had a monopoly to supply tartans for the regiments during the period when tartan was proscribed for (male) highlanders not possessing land... It was Wilson's habit to add stripes of various colours to differentiate the regiments he supplied, which, it could be argued, was the birth of the named clan tartan.
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