5 Interesting Facts about The Highlands of Haliburton Tartan

On National Tartan Day, we’d like to celebrate the Highlands of Haliburton Tartan. While some may not even realize such a tartan exists, this Tartan has a rich history here in the Haliburton Highlands.  

Here are five facts you may not know: 

  1. The official Highlands of Haliburton Tartan was commissioned by the Chamber in 1963.
  2. The Tartan was designed by Miss M Patricia Jenkins MA, founder of The Loomcrofters of Gagetown (Est. 1941), New Brunswick, Nova Scotia. 
  3. Each of the colours included in the Tartan represents an aspect of our community. Blue and green are for the waters and forests, red & gold for autumn foliage and loyalty to ‘Crown and Country’ and white for the provincial flower the Trillium and the winter snow. Brown is for the earth and all fur-bearing animals.
  4. The Highlands of Haliburton Tartan was initially woven in Scotland by Peter MacArthur & Sons (Clan Weaving Mills) in Hamilton, Scotland.
  5. In the 60s and 70s many places either ordered Tartan or sold Tartan, including the Legion Pipe Band, Carnarvon Gift Centre, Ontario Place Committee for Centennial Choir, Stedman’s (Haliburton), Minden Furniture Mart, and St. Paul’s Anglican Church. 

 Reference: http://www.highlandtreasures.ca/tartanhistory.htm

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