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Birthday Elvis Presley

"I think I have something tonight that's not quite correct for evening wear. Blue suede shoes."

~ Elvis Presley

Though he’ll forever be associated with Memphis, Tennessee, home to his Graceland mansion, Elvis Presley was actually born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. It was there that Presley began to sing and play guitar, sometimes even bringing the instrument to school to play gospel music for his classmates. Elvis Presley's Scottish roots have been traced back to the village of Lonmay, Aberdeenshire. According to genealogists, blacksmith Andrew Presley of Lonmay had a son called Andrew who emigrated to New Bern, North Carolina at the time of the Jacobite uprisings (1745/46). This tartan is based on the American tartan with a discreet introduction of Elvis' favourite colours, black, baby blue (as in suede shoes), and pink and gold, representing his 90 gold records, the most of any recording artist! Companion tartans, Presley of Lonmay, and Presley of Lonmay (Modern) also pay tribute to the Scottish origins of the "King of Rock 'n' Roll." 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🎸 🎤

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

Elvis Presley's roots can be traced back to a village in Aberdeenshire, according to a Scottish author.

Purportedly, the musical icon's ancestors lived in Lonmay in the 1700s.   Scotland was also the location for The King's only visit to the UK, a brief landing at Prestwick Airport in 1960.


Designed by Brian Wilton for Presley Tribute Artist Robert Ainsley of Port Seton, Scotland, this tartan is  based on The 'American' tartan (designed in 1975 and presented to US First Lady Betty Ford in 1976).  Interestingly, that original American sett was designed by  J. Cumming of Forfar - the county adjacent to the origin of Elvis Presley's forebearers.


This adaptation retains the colours of the US flag and discreetly introduces Elvis Presley's favourite colour pink plus a gold band to represent his legendary number of Gold Discs. The white threadcount is 42, his age when he died, while the narrow white band of 8 threads a represents the day of the month in which he was born, and the 8 thread blue band represents the month of the year in which he died (August 16, 1977).

For more on Elvis' Scottish roots, click 'The King.'

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