In the 1960s the tartan become well known in motor racing circles a decade earlier, as three-time World Champion used a distinctive band of Royal Stewart tartan around his crash helmet.
Apart from the more obvious varieties of Stewart tartan, a great number of other famous tartans employ a similar pattern. Drummond above reduces to the disk on its left. By using two shades of blue around the white line, a misty effect results. The green has expanded to become the secondary under check and the yellow and white that over check the now absent black, are thinned to guard the blue band.
The Black Stewart tartan is a predominantly black and red tartan with blue, green, yellow and white. This West Highland family descends from Sir James Stewart of Pierson who was descended from the 4th High Steward of Scotland. For a time they were Lords of Lorne and weer of importance in their Western territory. They were Royalists and fought valiantly for the Royal Stewarts. Duncan Stewart, 2nd of Appin, was Chamberlain of the Isles to King James IV. They fought under Montrose at the Battle of Inverlochy, and in the Jacobite army at Sheriffmuir in 1715. During the 1745 Rising the clan served in Prince Charlie’s army. The 9th chief sold the estate in 1765.
The Stewart tartan is worn by the regimental pipers of the Scots Guards and was referred to by King George V as “my personal tartan”. Known as the “Royal Tartan”, it is still traditionally the official tartan of the Royal House of Scotland.
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