This is the oldest Provincial tartan in Canada and was designed in 1953 almost accidentally. Mrs Bessie Murray was President of the Halifax Weavers’ Guild and designed a trade display on sheep rearing. In it, a shepherd wore a tartan and to avoid showing favouritism she designed a completely new one that proved to be so popular that in 1955 it was adopted as the official provincial tartan by an Order in Council. It was the first tartan recorded in Lyon Court Book as LCB 5 on 1st March 1956.

    The colours represent:

the blue of the sea;
the dark and light greens of the evergreens and deciduous trees;
the white of the surf;
the gold of Nova Scotia’s Royal Charter and
the red from the lion rampant on the Province’s arms.


** 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.

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