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Presley of Lonmay

Birthday Elvis Presley
Jan 8

Presley of Memphis

Based on the 'America' tartan, this adaptation retains the colours of the US flag and discretely introduces Elvis Presley's favourite colour pink plus a gold band to represent his legendary number of Gold Discs. The white threadcount is 42 which was the 'King's' age when he died. The narrow white is 8 threads and represents the day of the month in which he was born whilst the 8 blue represents the month of the year in which he died.

Birthday Elvis Presley
Jan 8

Joe Strummer Commemorative

This tartan was conceived to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the birth of Joe Strummer (John Graham Mellor), lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the band, The Clash. The colours reflect those used in the production of audio cassette tape.

International Clash Day
Feb 7

Rob Roy

In the United States and elsewhere this pattern is also known as "lumberjack" or "buffalo" plaid.

the Birthday of Rob Roy MacGregor
Mar 7

Hitchcock

Hitchcock Day
Mar 12

Purple Rain

Designed by David McGill as a tribute to the late American recording artist, Prince, in the hopes that this would make "Prince the “greatest tartan icon ever." Colours reflect the name of Prince's 6th album and song of the same name, "Purple Rain."

Epilepsy Awareness Day
Mar 26

King Pootatau Te Wherowhero

The blue and gold colours in this tartan represent the colours of the Kiingitanga (the Maori monarchy) with the gold stripes representing the seven waka (canoes that carried the Maori to New Zealand from the South Pacific in the 13th century.

the First Maori King of New Zealand
Jun 25

Flora MacDonald (portrait)

The part that Flora MacDonald played in the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie 'over the sea to Skye' is immortalised in the 'Skye Boat Song', published in 1884: “Speed bonny boat like a bird on a wing, Onward the sailors cry. Carry the lad that's born to be King, Over the sea to Skye.” ​

the day Prince Charlie & Flora MacDonald set sail
Jun 27

Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Khaki

This tartan was designed to commemorate Lawrence of Arabia. The orange brown represents Wadi Rum and his famous raid on Aqaba as well as the warm internal hues and tones of Clouds Hill, his secluded Dorset retreat. Red represents his birthplace at Tremadoc and Welsh ancestry. The cross of Saint George is contrived in the sett to demonstrate his admiration for ‘Richard the Lionheart’ and his thesis on Crusader Castles. Blue and green represent Irish connections and two periods of RAF service.

T.E. Lawrence's Birthday (Lawrence of Arabia)
Aug 16

Runrig

Designed by Prickly Thistle, this tartan's colours have special significance to the band members.

Runrig's Farewell Concert
Aug 19

Diana Memorial Rose

This tartan was designed by Lochcarron of Scotland to commemorate the life of Diana Princess of Wales and to raise money for her many charities.

Diana, Princess of Wales
Aug 31

Havel

The Havel tartan portrays an endless succession of prison cell windows struck through in red, protesting the persecution and imprisonment of writers of conscience in the knowledge that free expression is an essential component of every healthy society. It is named in honour of the late Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright and co-author of Charter 77, the landmark human rights declaration for which he was imprisoned for several years.

Václav Havel Memorial Day
Dec 18

Romantic Scotland (Madonna)

Colours: Blue - after Madonna's early 'True Blue' album; yellow - after her 'Blonde Ambition' tour; pearl white - after 'Like A Virgin'; purple - to represent Scottish heather. A three line over-check echoes the style of the Ritchie tartan, and elements of the New York City Fire Brigade, the America St Andrews Bicentennial and the Sutherland tartans - Originally named the Madonna tartan and produced to thank her for marrying Guy Ritchie at Dornoch Cathedral and Skibo Castle in 2001.

Madonna Wedding at Skibo Castle (2001)
Dec 22

Elvis Presley

Birthday Elvis Presley
Jan 8

Elvis Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll", or simply, "the King".

Birthday Elvis Presley
Jan 8

The Clash

The Clash were an English rock band formed in London in 1976 as a key player in the original wave of British punk rock. They have also contributed to the post-punk and new wave movements that emerged in the wake of punk and employed elements of a variety of genres including reggae, dub, funk, ska and rockabilly.

International Clash Day
Feb 7

Rob Roy MacGregor

For centuries the ‘Wild MacGregors’, roamed the Trossachs in Scotland. The most infamous member of the clan was Robert MacGregor, who acquired the name of ‘Roy’ early in life due to his red curly hair.

the Birthday of Rob Roy MacGregor
Mar 7

Vertigo (1958)

Hitchcock Day
Mar 12

Prince

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was a musical innovator and known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.

Epilepsy Awareness Day
Mar 26

Tawhiao Potatau Te Wherowhero

The first Maori King Potatau Te Wherowhero died at Ngaruawahia on 25 June 1860 and is buried on Mount Taupiri, a mountain close to his royal residence in Ngaruawahia.

the First Maori King of New Zealand
Jun 25

Flora MacDonald

On June 27, 1746, Flora MacDonald set sail with Bonnie Prince Charlie to aid his escape from Scotland after the defeat of the Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.

the day Prince Charlie & Flora MacDonald set sail
Jun 27

Colonel T.E. Lawrence

Thomas Edward Lawrence, sometimes known as "Lawrence of Arabia" was an archaeologist and British Army officer renowned especially for his liaison role during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign, and the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule of 1916–18. From the painting by Augustus John (1919), "Colonel T.E. Lawrence"

T.E. Lawrence's Birthday (Lawrence of Arabia)
Aug 16

Runrig

Runrig were a Scottish Celtic rock group formed in Skye, in 1973 under the name 'The Run Rig Dance Band'.

Runrig's Farewell Concert
Aug 19

Memorial Fountain

Diana, Princess of Wales (1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997)

Diana, Princess of Wales
Aug 31

Václav Havel

Havel's Civic Forum party played a major role in the Velvet Revolution that toppled communism in Czechoslovakia in 1989. He assumed the presidency shortly thereafter, and was reelected in a landslide the following year and after Slovak independence in 1993.

Václav Havel Memorial Day
Dec 18

Madonna

Madonna Louise Ciccone (born August 16, 1958), known professionally as Madonna, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV.

Madonna Wedding at Skibo Castle (2001)
Dec 22