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MURRAY OF ATHOLL (MODERN)

Also known as Atholl District tartan. James Logan suggested that the tartan derived from the Black Watch and that Lord Murray, who commanded the regiment, introduced the red lines. William & Andrew Smith in their 1850 publication say: "The genuineness of our specimen . . .is confirmed by the description which Colonol Stewart gives of the philibeg of the 42nd, when that regiment was first embodied, He says "Lord George Murray gave the Atholl Tartan for the philibeg: the difference was only a stripe of scarlet to distinguish it from the belted plaid." A reference in a Harris Tweed article reads: "In 1846 the Countess commissioned the sisters to weave lengths of Tweed in the Murray family tartan to be made up into tweed jackets for the gamekeepers and ghyllies on her estate."

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