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THE AYRE TARTAN


Tartan, Scotland's national textile, is a beguiling cloth which has developed from native culture to the present fantastic proliferation. It has become an international phenomenon through romantic invention and Brigadoonery, and the association with many families and clans is utterly spurious.

The Scottish Register of Tartans Bill received Royal Assent on 26 November 2008, to become a definitive reference and registration source for tartans. It is essentially electronic, as is all access to it, and it has become the repository of the existing tartans in Scotland. The website of the Scottish Register of Tartans is here.

The Ayre family tartan was designed at the Peter MacDonald Design Studio in Crieff, Perthshire. It is recorded as No.6305 on the Register here and on the Scottish Tartans Authority website here. The colours reflect those of the Baron's armorial bearings. The Registration Certificate with Seal is shown above.
The weaver is D.C.Dalgliesh Ltd (Weavers), Dunsdale Mill, Selkirk, Scotland TD7 5EB, and the tartan is available in 11oz and 16oz new wool and silk from Scotweb.
An interesting short video tour of D.C.Dalgleish can be seen here.

The Ayrshire District tartan WR436 is shown below. 'Tartans of Scotland' explains the design by Dr. Philip Smith FSTS, of Pa, USA thus: Gold represents the rising sun, green the land, brown the coastline, blue the sea, and red the setting sun. This Ayrshire tartan is categorised as 'District' and intended for anyone with connections in the districts of Kyle, Cunningham and Inverclyde. The Register entry can be seen here and the Scottish Tartans Authority entry here.

   
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