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There is an interesting group of owners of these dress tartans. They range from families such as the Colquhouns and Dalgleish clans to Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Dress!!! There are several Canadian and USA based tartans such as the Confederate Memorial and Contrecouer Dress tartans. Then a bunch of dance tartans for those who participate in Scottish dancing competitions.

Row 1: Colquhoun Dress; Common Ground (Dress); Confederate Memorial Dress; Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Dress; Connolly Dress; Contrecoeur Dress
Row 2: Cooper Dress (Dalgliesh #1; Cooper/Couper Dress (Dalgleish #2); Copar a'Beannichte Dress (Personal); Coulter Dress (Personal); Crane of Cluny Dress (Personal); Cranston Dress
Row 3: Crieff Red Dress (Dance); Culloden Dress; Culloden Dress#2; Culloden Dress Ancient; Culloden Red Dress (Dance); Culloden, Blue Dress (Dance)
Row 4: Cunningham Dress; Cunningham Dress Burgundy (Dance); Cunningham Dress Green (Dance); Cunningham Dress Purple (Dance); Cunningham, Dress Blue (Dance); Dalgliesh Dress

The Common Ground Dress tartan was designed to commemorate the bi-centenary of the War of 1812. The United States of America declared war on Britain in 1812 for many reasons including restrictions on American trade resulting from Britain's ongoing war with France; British support of American Indians; and the potential American expansion into Canada. The 'common ground' referred to in the name of the tartan is the contemporary ability of the US and Britain to co-operate 200 years later. That 'special relationship" that was reiterated a week or so ago when British Prime Minister Boris Johnstone met the USA President Joe Biden.

The Confederate Memorial is a representational tartan. Grey is the colour of the Confederate States of America. Wide light blue is the infantry, flanked by red for artillery and yellow for cavalry. The Confederate Battle Flag is shown in correct proportions. D.C. Dalgliesh of Selkirk has exclusive rights to the weaving (Jan 2005) in wool.

Contrecouer is a Small township in southern Quebec. Asymmetric tartan designed by French Canadian Madeleine Asselin. Red is for the courage of the town's founders, yellow is for the town's prestigious past and 'our holiday centres', blue is for the Saint-Laurent river which also links the twon with the native country of the funder, Antoine-Pecaudt, white is for the pride and determination of the people, pine green is for giant pines, the fecund soil, the islands of Contrecoeur and the duck shooting. Steel grey is for the industrial development and brown is for the traditional footwear industry established in 1883.

Row 3 has a number of Culloden tartans to commemorate the great battle on the moor that marked the end of the feudal Scottish way of life and customs under the Lairds. A confusing profusion of Culloden tartans exist with various claims as to the source. This fairly standard sett is said (by Gordon Teall in District Tartans) to have been worn by a member of Prince Charles's staff during the battle and to have first been documented by D.W. Stewart in 1893. Despite that, the same design has been attributed to Geoffrey Laird-Portch (Laird-Portch of Scotland) and claimed by Thomas Stewart Gordon of Messrs Thomas Gordon, Glasgow, who claimed to have designed both Culloden Dress (#1323, original Scottish Tartans Authority reference) and Blue Culloden in 1960.

"This is the place they call the Well of Death." Roger stopped by the small spring. Barely a foot square, it was a tiny pool of dark water, welling under a ridge of stone. "One of the Highland chieftains died here; his followers washed the blood from his face with the water from this spring. And over there are the graves of the clans."

The clan stones were large boulders of gray granite, rounded by weather and blotched with lichens. They sat on patches of smooth grass, widely scattered near the edge of the moor. Each one bore a single name, the carving so faded by weather as to be nearly illegible in some cases. MacGillivray. MacDonald. Fraser. Grant. Chisholm. MacKenzie."

(From Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 4 ("Culloden"). Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

The aftermath of Culloden exacted penalties
which were to leave a permanent scar on the
Highlands of Scotland in the deliberate extinction
of the Celtic way of life - by killing, destruction,
confiscation and deportation. A tragic time,
unequalled by any other in Scottish history.
Iain Campbell
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Thank you Jane, Owl and Sara. Glad you are enjoyng the lighter, brighter tartans too. Jayne


What a wonderful puzzle with explanation. Cheers from Sara


A very interesting time. Thanks for this wonderful explanation of the tartans and the times. So easy to forget the past and all that it led to. Some of the Macdonalds from Skye were victims of this but benefitted by escaping to Australia and a better life. Thanks Woodowly

Liking these lighter tartans and all of the commentary. Jane

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