There are two names connected with the official provincial tartan, one is Louis Anderson, recorded as the designer and Sam Wilansky, a St. Johns clothing store owner, mostly referred to as the developer. It was registered to Mr. Wilansky by CIPO in January 1960. In 1972, the Province petitioned the Lord Lyon to record the tartan which was effected on the 3rd of September, 1973.
The colours of the tartan are derived from the ‘Ode to Newfoundland’, the province’s second anthem.
Gold represents the sun’s rays,
Green the pine clad hills supplying wood for the principal industry,
White of the winter snow,
Brown for the mineral wealth of the Province* and
Imperial Red to commemorate the Royal Standard and her British origins.
* Brown for the Bell Island iron ore (STYLE Feb 27th 1967.)
** 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.
MY/8 G64(60) DT12 W8 DT24 G8 R/12 (STA No. 1543)
Y/6 G36 T8 W6 T16 G6 R/8 (Scottish Tartans Society)
Y/8 G60 T14 W8 T28 G8 R/12 (District Tartans, CIDD: 026-08-23099)
Y/8 G64 K12 W8 K24 G8 R/12 (Tartans)