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The Campbell of Breadalbane tartan is traditionally worn by members of the Breadalbane or Glenorchy branches of Clan Campbell. The earliest the tartan was seen was 1810. This tartan is based around Black Watch, it features identical colours with the addition of yellow stripes.

The Campbell of Breadalbane tartan is illustrated in the following: Thomas Smibert “The Clans of the Highlands of Scotland” 1850 plate No:8 D.W.Stewart Old and Rare Scottish Tartans.1893 D.C Stewart The Setts of the Scottish Tartans 1950 The thread count was displayed by: J. Logan The Scottish Gael. 1831.

In Campbell Tartan, written by Alastair Campbell of Airds the younger in 1985, he lists the four approved Campbell tartans: the Campbell (also known as "Ancient Campbell" and "Campbell Ancient" in the marketplace), which is the same as the Black Watch; the Campbell of Cawdor; the Campbell of Beadalbane; and the Campbell of Loudoun. Of the Campbell of Argyll tartan, he writes, “This is not a pattern which has the Chief’s approval as an official Campbell tartan and purchasers should avoid it if they wish to be correct.” To be accurate, the past 7 Clan Campbell Chiefs have disavowed, some very strongly, the Campbell of Argyll tartan.

 

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