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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Another Catholic Tartan

Catholics with any interest in tartan or Scottish heritage at all were thrilled last fall at the launch of the St. Ninian tartan, which I was privileged to have been able to design on behalf of the Scottish Tartans Authority for the Scottish Catholic Church to honor the state visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to Scotland on Sept. 16 (St. Ninian's Day), 2010. St. Ninian was the first Christian missionary to Scotland.

Today, a second tartan for Catholics is entered into the National Register - the St. Margaret of Scotland Youth Group
According to information in the Scottish Register of Tartans, this tartan was designed by Esther Muir (MacGregor MacDuff) in collaboration with Gemma Teviotdale (The House of Edgar) for the Saint Margaret of Scotland Youth Group (SMSYG). The SMSYG consists of over 60 members, mostly 16-25 year olds, who every year take sick Glaswegians on pilgrimage to Lourdes, France.

The notes also indicate the tartan is to be woven by the House of Edgar.

It is a great looking tartan, and it is good to see other Scottish Catholics hopping on board the "tartan train!" I'm not certain at this point how widely the new SMSYG tartan will be available to the public.

Of course, anyone interested in the St. Ninian tartan can visit

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