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  • Name of Tartan:
    Blackie (Artefact)
  • ITI Number: 7184
  • Category: Artefact
  • Designer / Source: MacPherson, Mary ?
  • Date: 1880s?
Blackie (Artefact)
  • Notes: A requested reconstruction by Jamie Scarlet in May 2007 from a black and white photograph of a tartan shawl worn by Mairi Mhor nan Orain - 'big Mary of the Songs' (1821-1898) who was born on Skye. Mary MacPherson started composing in her 50s and from then until her death, produced some of the most beautiful songs in Gaelic on a wide range of subjects. She was a leading figure in the battle for crofters' rights as was Professor John Stuart BLACKIE (1809 - 1895) an Edinburgh man of letters and famed scholar and eccentric of his day. Mairi apparently designed a tartan for him and it was conjectured by the Dualchas - Heritage Service for Skye and Lochalsh that this might be the tartan worn by Mairi. An extremely long shot but in the absence of any other name, it has been given that of Blackie. The Dualchas Heritage Service have commissioned a colour painting from the Mairi photograph portrait which is why they were eager to ascertain the colours of the tartan shawl.
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