James D. Scarlett, M.B.E.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Jamie Scarlett MBE just a few weeks short of his 88th birthday. Jamie had been a towering figure in the world of tartan research for many decades and a great friend to the Tartans Authority. He will be sorely missed by very many friends and colleauges. May 19, 2008.
Born in London in 1920 and educated at various private schools. Joined R.A.F.V.R. in March 1939 and served in the R.A.F. in a technical capacity from the outbreak of war until February 1946, picking up various useful accomplishments on the way. After demob, trained as a quantity surveyor, preserving a degree of sanity by indulging in serious photography and learning to fly light aircraft. A chance encounter during a holiday in Perthshire in 1962 re-kindled a latent interest in tartan and led - through the Scottish Tartans Society - to a long and fruitful collaboration with D.C. Stewart which ended only with Stewart's death. Since 1977 has engaged in in-depth analysis of the tartan art form and in the reconstruction of the old styles of tartan weaving, and in the reconsideration of the problem of military tartans in the light of recently discovered information.