Mrs Edythe C. Bakes designed this tartan in 1983 when she was 81 years old. The tartan was formally adopted by the Corporation of the County of Essex on 4th April 1984 and was registered with the local Leamington Council and in Ottawa in the same year.

She chose the colours to symbolise the beauty and wealth of this part of Ontario. The colours are:

Golden Yellow, for the sunshine and the many cereal crops;
Green, for the spring fields, peas and produce;
Red, for the tomatoes, fruits and flag;
Blue, for the skies and waterways;
Black, for the automotive industry; and
White, for the salt mines and fish.


** 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.

W/4 DR4 A12 DG8 BG10 LG6 K2 DR8 K2 DY/60 (STA No. 1840, CIDD: 026-08-53044)