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    Clan Stewart dicing?

    I was looking over the Wiki article about Clan Stewart and what immediately struck me was the distinctive St Andrews Blue and white dice pattern that appears on the arms of numerous Stewart branches:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan_Stewart

    Here, for example, are the arms of Stewart of Appin:



    The moment I saw these arms, the dicing jumped out to me, because I've seen it so many times before, the dicing pattern on St Andrews Blue/Royal Blue Balmoral bonnets:



    It strikes the eye more on Navy Blue bonnets, as with this Glengarry:



    Here is such a bonnet being worn, a Navy Blue Balmoral with St Andrews Blue dicing from a 1930s catalogue:



    This got me to wondering if members of Clan Stewart have likewise noticed this, and do they favour bonnets with this dicing?

    I have Stewart ancestors myself and I do like that pattern.
    Last edited by OC Richard; 7th November 18 at 05:11 AM.
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    When I see blue checks, I imagine a Bavarian theme. The difference being the Germanic blue checks are usually on a bias. I like the piping on both the caps shown in Richard's post. Even a black bonnet with blue checked trim would look good to my eye.

    I'm guessing the ships on the crest would give credence to the blue (as the color of surrounding seas).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Even a black bonnet with blue checked trim would look good to my eye.
    I have a bonnet like that. I think it looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arnot View Post
    I have a bonnet like that. I think it looks good.
    It does indeed! Very nice.

    I think that will be my next bonnet type.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    When I see blue checks, I imagine a Bavarian theme.
    A similar thing is the red&white dicing of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, which is also the symbol of Croatia.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    ...the ships on the crest...
    Those galleys usually connote Clan Donald, so I'm guessing that those arms are showing a Donald/Stewart union.
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