The STA notes that Elizabeth Grant of Glace Bay designed this tartan using a poem that had been written in 1907 by her friend Lillian Crewe Walsh. She incorporated the typical Cape Breton colours described in the poem.

Black for the wealth of our coal mines,
Grey for our Cape Breton steel,
Green for our lofty mountains,
Our valleys and our fields;
Gold for our golden sunsets
Shining bright on the lakes of Bras DíOr
To show us Godís hand has lingered
To bless Cape Bretonís shores.

Two versions are recorded at CIPO. The first of the Cape Breton tartans was registered to Lillian Crewe Walsh of Glace Bay in July 1957. The second was registered to Elizabeth Grant, also of Glace Bay in January 1965 and is quite similar:


** 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/6 K12 LN36 K16 BG60 K12 Y/12 (STA No. 1883)
Y/6 K12 N36 K12 G60 K12 Y/12 (CIDD: 026-08-21313)
Y/12 K6 W28 K6 LG42 K6 Y/12 (CIDD: 026-08-26922)
N/6 K12 N36 K16 G60 K12 N/12 (Compendium - STA No. 4452),
Y/6 K12 N48 K12 G34 K10 Y/10 (Compendium - STS),
Y/6 K12 N48 K12 G34 K10 Y/10 (Compendium - Locharron swatch)