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Title: Lead in Tartan 1003 Research
Posted by: Donald (Livingstone) Clink
Date: 14 April 2007

Located Robert Bain original edition of his book "The Clans and Tartans of Scotland" publishsed in July of 1938. Robert Bain was the City Librarian of Glasgow at the time. While many tartan scholars refer to Robert Bain as the source of Tartan 1003, in this First Edition from 1938, the Publishers acknowledge cuttings of tartans for reproduction and advice and guidance from the firm of Peter MacArthur and Company of Glasgow. Peter MacArthur and Company is still very much a part of the lucrative tartan industry and I noticed that they are located today in Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Perhaps they have some information on our elusive Tartan 1003. I am wondering if they should be quoted as the source of Tartan 1003 rather than Robert Bain.

While it is often stated that there is a Macdonnell of Kepoch tartan that the Livingstones may have found the inspiration for our tartan design, I also noticed in Bains 1938 book that the McColl tartan looks very similiar to ours. THe McColls being listed as a sept of Stewart of Appin that fought with our people at the Battle of Culloden. 

The Livingstone Tartan in the 1938 and in subsequent editions 1953 and 1961 that I viewed at the library all contained a tartan that was red with black lines and small green squares. Oddly enough the 1976 edition is missing the green squares and only shows up in the picture as being red with black lines. The librarian I thought this to be some sort of printing error rather than a new Livingstone tartan, but I am not certain. We have 1989 edition I think that the red and black tartan is also in that one. I will check that later on today. As the Bain book is used by many family researchers this should be clarified one way or another I feel. 

Donald (Livingstone) Clink

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Lead in Tartan 1003 Research 14 April 2007Donald (Livingstone) Clink
   Lead in Tartan 1003 Research 14 April 2007Kyle MacLea
      Lead in Tartan 1003 Research 15 April 2007Donald (Livingstone) Clink
         Lead in Tartan 1003 Research 15 April 2007Jill Richmond
            Lead in Tartan 1003 Research 16 April 2007Donald (Livingstone) Clink
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      Lead in Tartan 1003 Research 16 April 2007Donald (Livingstone) Clink
         Lead in Tartan 1003 Research 16 April 2007Donald (Livingstone) Clink
      Lead in Tartan 1003 Research 16 April 2007Kyle MacLea
         Lead in Tartan 1003 Research 19 April 2007Donald(Livingstone) Clink
            Lead in Tartan 1003 Research 24 April 2007Kyle MacLea
         Lead in Tartan 1003 Research 21 April 2007Donald (Livingstone) Clink
            Lead in Tartan 1003 Research 22 April 2007Donald (Livingstone) Clink
               Lead in Tartan 1003 Research 24 April 2007Kyle MacLea
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