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Also known as Founder's Day for the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting's founder, this tartan was designed by Chief Commissioner of the Scout Association of Scotland, Lord Glentanar, George Coats for the use of Scouts having no tartan of their own or for Scout troops requiring a uniform tartan. The tartan is based on Black Watch in three shades of grey, later emerging in 1989 with a color change as "Dress Grey Watch"! Though there are several other claimants, scouting in Scotland dates back to the 1st Glasgow Scout Group with a documented registration certificate dated 26 January 1908! Scottish Scouts generally and historically wear the same uniform as other British Scouts but have had the option of wearing kilts rather than short pants, though kilt-wearing has been more recently worn only for ceremonial occasions. The Boy Scouts Association was formed in 1910, in order to provide a national body in the United Kingdom which could organize and support the rapidly growing number of Scout patrols and troops, which had begun to form spontaneously following the publication of Scouting for Boys and The Scout magazine in 1908, written and illustrated by Robert Baden-Powell. The book was originally a manual for self-instruction in observation, tracking and woodcraft skills as well as self-discipline and self-improvemen, based on his boyhood experiences, his experience with the Mafeking Cadet Corps during the Second Boer War at the siege of Mafeking, and on his experimental camp on Brownsea Island, England. Of tartans associated with scouting, in addition to this tribute tartan, the MacLaren tartan has also been much associated with scouting over time as a result of William F. de Bois MacLaren purchase and gift of a derelict estate near Epping Forest near the town of Chingford to the Scout Association in July 1919 for a training facility for Scout Leaders. ⚜️
From the official register:
"This count was taken from a kilt bought from the Scottish Scout Shop in Edinburgh in 1922. Designed by Chief Commissioner of the Scout Association of Scotland, Lord Glentanar who was George Coats of Paisley thread-making fame. It was for the use of Scouts having no tartan of their own or for Scout troops requiring a uniform tartan. The tartan is based on Black Watch in three shades of grey. Although, It didn't achieve great popularity, in 1989 a variation in which light grey changed to white was marketed as 'Dress Grey Watch'."
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