This tartan was designed by Mrs Joan Farquharson in 2006 and accepted as the official town tartan on July 13th of that year.

The colour symbolism is taken from an article by the Rev. Walter Farquharson. The inspiration for the tartan came from a deep appreciation of the Saltcoats community, both past and present.

Grey represents the grey stone of Stirling Castle, as the town was first named Stirling by the Scottish Settlers who arrived in the early 1880s, and also for homespun, to honour the many settlers who came from Europe and elsewhere, mainly peasants and small farmers, who lived plainly and lived off the hard land.

The first nations people who welcomed the first settlers and helped many of them survive their first winters here spoke of the four directions and the four seasons represented by the colours black, red (or sometimes green), yellow and white.

The bright colours together represent the prolific prairie meadows with their brilliant coloured flowers and also the green, yellow and black are the colours of the tiger salamander.

The green represents the grasslands and trees of the place where prairie meets parkland, and for the rich crops and gardens of the area.

The yellow speaks of golden grain, bright fields of canola, the town wild flower the Hoary Puccoon and the abundance of yellow lady slippers.

The red speaks of courage: the courage of the pioneers and community builders of Saltcoats, the courage of those who answered the call to military, medical and peacekeeping services in times of war, of the red serge of the Royal North West Mounted Police and their successors the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and also of the prairie fires, once a source of renewal and purification for the prairies but later a threat to the safety of the settlers and their farms.

The light blue speaks of the endless prairie skies and their daytime and nighttime wondersand of Anderson Lake, a place of recreation for the town and an amazing habitat for birds, amphibians and small animals.

The dark blue speaks of loyalty and faithfulness, of the churches and communities of faith who have played a large part in the life of the community, the long lived Agricultural Society and a variety of other organizations who have played their part in community life.

The black represents the rich soils of the area.

White represents the winter snows and and also sea salt distilled in great evaporation pans, an early livelihood for many families in the sea coast town of Saltcoats, Scotland and from which that community had indeed taken its name.


** 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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