The designer of this tartan was Hugh Kirkwood Rankine who was born in Winnipeg of Scottish parents. On leave in Scotland during World War II, he became interested in tartan and on his return to Canada learned how to weave and in time produced this ‘history in cloth’ which was given Royal Assent in 1962. It was recorded in the Lyon Court Book as No 14 on the 5th April 1962. The Scottish Tartan Society had an additional version (#145) which used light green in place of green.
The red squares represent the Red River Settlement, now the City of Winnipeg founded in 1812 by Highland crofters;
the green squares signify the rich natural resources of the province, the farm lands, forests, minerals, fisheries and water power;
the azure blue lines represent Thomas Douglas, the Earl of Selkirk (a colour from the Douglas tartan), the founder of the Red River Settlement and recruiter of the crofters;
and the dark green lines represent Manitoba’s multi-cultural population;
and the golden lines represent the grain crops, first planted in 1812 at the fork of the Red and Assiniboine by Miles MacDonnel, leader of the first party of settlers.
** If you intend to weave or otherwise use any of these patterns, please be aware that you may need
the written permission of the designer or producer. This information can be found in the Scottish Register of Tartans.
Y/4 M12 G2 DG4 G24 A2 G2 A/4 (Manitoba Tartan Act 1962 CIDD: 026-08-23934)
GO/12 M48 G4 HG12 G80 A4 G4 A/12 (STA No. 144)
Y/4 DR12 LG2 G4 LG24 A2 LG2 A/4 (Lyon / District Tartans)
G/6 DR20 G4 K6 G26 RB4 G4 RB/6 (STA No. 5698)