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Presley of Lonmay

Jan 8
Birthday Elvis Presley

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.

Jan 8
Birthday Elvis Presley

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.

Feb 7
International Clash Day

Rob Roy

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

Mar 7
the Birthday of Rob Roy MacGregor

Hitchcock

Mar 12
Hitchcock Day

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."

Mar 26
Epilepsy Awareness Day

The British Bulldog

This tribute fashion tartan celebrates both the style and spirit of "The British Bulldog": blue and white for his ‘Dickie Bow’; dark grey for his Homburg hat; light brown for his cigar; and black for ‘The Black Dog,' the bouts of depression that hounded Churchill for much of his life.

Apr 9
Winston Churchill Day (US)

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

This design echoes Mackintosh's nine square motif.

Jun 7
the Birthday of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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.” ​

Jun 27
the day Prince Charlie & Flora MacDonald set sail

Runrig

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

Aug 19
Runrig's Farewell Concert

James Watt Commemorative

Aug 25
the James Watt Bicentenary

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.

Aug 31
Diana, Princess of Wales

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.

Dec 18
Václav Havel Memorial Day

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.

Dec 22
Madonna Wedding at Skibo Castle (2001)

Elvis Presley

Jan 8
Birthday Elvis Presley

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".

Jan 8
Birthday Elvis Presley

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.

Feb 7
International Clash Day

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.

Mar 7
the Birthday of Rob Roy MacGregor

Vertigo (1958)

Mar 12
Hitchcock Day

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.

Mar 26
Epilepsy Awareness Day

Winston Churchill

Portrait by Arthur Pen, 1943

Apr 9
Winston Churchill Day (US)

Tulip and Lattice Pattern

Scottish architect, designer, water colourist and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald were influential in the Art Nouveau and Secessionist movements in the early 20th century and prominent members of the Glasgow Art and Design artistic community.

Jun 7
the Birthday of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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.

Jun 27
the day Prince Charlie & Flora MacDonald set sail

Runrig

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

Aug 19
Runrig's Farewell Concert

James and the Teakettle

Aug 25
the James Watt Bicentenary

Memorial Fountain

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

Aug 31
Diana, Princess of Wales

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.

Dec 18
Václav Havel Memorial Day

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.

Dec 22
Madonna Wedding at Skibo Castle (2001)