Now called the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, this unit claims rightfully to be the oldest Highland unit in Canada having been created in 1862 and this is reflected in the army order of precedence. Originally a light infantry unit, it evolved into a ‘fusilier’ unit becoming known as the Royal Scots Fusileers. This tartan was adopted as the Regimental tartan on assuming a Scottish identity for the whole regiment in 1880. By 1883 the unit had become kilted but had enormous difficulty in getting a standard shade for the different shipments of tartan. In the following year they were renamed “The Royal Scots of Canada”. The Regiment thus presented a very patchy appearance on parade and the decision was taken to go over to the Government 42nd pattern. Adoption of the Lorne tartan had been out of deference to the then Marquis who was Governor-General of Canada.


** 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.

RB/8 K4 G32 K4 G4 K4 G4 K32 RB4 K4 RB4 K4 RB32 K4 G/8 (STA No. 5892)