This tartan was designed by Violet Holmes of British Columbia for the 125th anniversary of the founding of the RCMP and has been adopted as the official RCMP tartan. A sample was presented to the RCMP by Priness Anne during a visit to New Brunswick in 1998 during the anniversary celebrations.
The colours of the tartan are based on the colours of the Force’s uniform and badge. The colours are symbolic of history, the heritage and traditions of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The background is dark blue, the colour of the riding breeches of the Mounted Police: it is also reminiscent of the shabrack or saddle blanket found on the horses of the RCMP Musical Ride. Scarlet red is the colour of the RCMP tunic known the world over as symbolic of Canada. The rich red recalls the early years of the North-West Mounted Police when scarlet signified the presence of the monarchy throughout the British Empire.
Yellow is also a distinctive RCMP colour: it is found on the cavalry stripe of the RCMP’s ceremonial uniform, is part of the regular working dress, on both hatband and trousers, of the men and women who serve Canadians every day, and is also found on the Crown and gilt letters of the RCMP badge. Sienna Brown suggests the bison, the centre-piece of the RCMP badge; it also echoes Canada’s expansive western plains, the reason for the formation of the NWMP in the 1870’s. Forest green represents the maple leaves that surround the scroll and bison on the badge, the same maple leaves found on the RCMP Ensign The fine white accent of the tartan is reminiscent of the lanyard worn as part of the RCMP ceremonial uniform, and is a link to Canada’s First Nations, to whom the colour white symbolizes strength and endurance. Sky blue appears on the RCMP badge and is easily associated with the blue worn by those who serve with the United Nations and so has special significance for the RCMP because of its role in international peacekeeping.
A second RCMP tartan is recorded in the index (STA No. 5434) and shown below. This tartan was designed by Jan Crook as a commission by the RCMP, but it was not used. The tartan was based on the MacDonald tartan as it was a MacDonald who founded the service with 300 men in the Northwest Territories.
** 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.
DB/152 SB2 DB4 W2 G28 DR10 DB26 T2 MY2 (STA No. 2447)
G/28 SB4 G6 LN8 G32 DT4 DR36 K4 DY2 RB32 LN8 RB6 SB4 RB/28 (STA No. 5434)