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16 February 2019
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Tartan Details - Graham Dress (1831)

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Graham Dress (1831)" tartan is shown below. 

STA ref: 3499
STWR ref: none
Designer: Not Specified
Tartan date: 01/01/1831
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Clan/Family
Registration notes: Sometimes confused with Macnaughton which has azure guards to the black line instead of - as here - black guards to the azure line. The connection between Graham of Montrose and Macnaughton can be seen in the painting called 'Montrose' in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh. It was painted by James Drummond and shows Montrose being led through Edinburgh's Royal Mile to be hanged after his capture in 1650. The detail is superb and one can clearly see the MacNaughton plaid underneath the rope tying him to the cart. There are also captured clansmen standing beside the cart one of whom also wears the MacNaughton plaid. Clan Graham recently commissioned a red Graham of Montrose tartan based on the MacNaughton tartan in honour of what happened. 'The Great Marquis' of Montrose was given the ragged plaid by a Macnaughton as he was brought through Fife so that he would be spared the indignity of being paraded to his death dressed like a pauper. It's said that the Macnaughton walked with him.
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