These MERINO WOOL Traditional and Custom Clan Tartans, meet ‘The Responsible Wool Standard’, and are made by the Patrick King Woolen Company, a member of the Scottish Tartan Authority (All their tartans are registered with The Scottish Tartan Authority)
Their offices are in Edinburgh, Scotland and Port Hope, Ontario
Their tartans are woven using a shutterless loom, producing high-quality wool and vibrant colours. Made from Merino Wool.
Wash in cold water and dry flat or dry clean
The Responsible Wool Standard is a voluntary standard that addresses the welfare of the sheep and the land they graze on. The wool comes from farms that have a progressive approach to managing their land, and practice holistic respect for animal welfare of the sheep.
During the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Buchanans supported King Robert the Bruce, which secured the family’s fortunes and status.
In 1725, General George Wade, the commander of British forces in North Britain, authorized the formation of six independent companies of troops to police the Highlanders. Col. William Grant of Ballindalloch raised one company. The companies were known locally as the ‘Black Watch’ and were eventually consolidated to form the 43rd (later 42nd) Royal Highland Regiment.
The Independent Companies wore a dark blue, black and green plaid which over sixty weavers weaved in Strathspey, the country of Clan Grant. A portrait of Robert Grant of Lurg, circa 1769, is in the National War Museum at Edinburgh Castle and depicts the subject in a coat and plaid in the Black Watch tartan. An early sample of the Black Watch tartan labelled ‘Grant’ is in the collection of Lt Gen Sir William Cockburn at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow. Another swatch of this ‘Grant’ tartan was added to the Highland Society of London collection in 1822.
In 1907, Mrs. Lillian Crewe Walsh of Glace Bay, Cape Breton, wrote a poem praising Cape Breton. Mrs. Walsh gave the poem to Mrs. Grant in 1957. Mrs. Grant designed the tartan in the poem. Grey for our Cape Breton Steel, Green for our lofty mountains, our valleys and our fields; Gold for the Golden Sunsets, Shining bright on the lakes of Bras d’Or, To show us God’s hand has lingered, To bless Cape Breton’s shores.
The Rockies are a system of multiple ranges of mountains which run from the Canadian Prairies to the Pacific Coast. The small White line represents the snow-covered peaks. The light and dark Browns represent the layered sedimentary rock such as limestone and shale. Green means the Five national parks that are located within the Canadian Rockies. Red is for the Canadian Maple Leaf, symbolizing tolerance, unity and strength.
The best-known of all Scottish tartans, the Royal Stewart is the tartan of the Royal House of Stewart and the personal tartan of the reigning monarch