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    Princess Margaret Rose Tartan

    Someone gave us this kilted skirt. People often give me things like this because of my Scottish connection. It is the Princess Margaret Rose tartan, named after the Queen's sister. It was made in the 1930's and is in excellent condition. Apparently the tartan was quite popular (P. Margaret was born in 1930) although I've never seen it before. I confirmed the tartan in the registry
    https://www.tartanregister.gov.uk/ta...tails?ref=3405

    The broad dark bands are dark forest green (sorry the light doesn't show that) and there are thin black stripes on the white. It was sold by Bourne and Hollingsworth a posh department store in London. One description said that it was a reverse of the MacGregor tartan (red and green switched). Not sure if that is accurate.

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    Yes it does seem to be a reversal of MacGregor, excepting the white which is unchanged.

    It's the first time I've knowingly seen that tartan.

    I knew that a pipe band wore it, because I saw it listed in the World Pipe Band Championships programme both in 2004 and 2007.

    I was noticing the number of "royal" and "personal" tartans worn by the bands:

    Royal Stewart, Stewart of Appin, Stewart of Bute, Hunting Stewart
    Prince Charles Edward Stuart
    Princess Elizabeth
    Princess Margaret Rose
    Earl of St Andrews
    Lady Borrodale's Gift
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    William Murdoch
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    I've sent it off to a friend in Australia. She used to wear the tartan as a dancer when she was very young. The Townsville Pipe Band in Australia wore is as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OC Richard View Post
    Yes it does seem to be a reversal of MacGregor, excepting the white which is unchanged.

    It's the first time I've knowingly seen that tartan.

    I knew that a pipe band wore it, because I saw it listed in the World Pipe Band Championships programme both in 2004 and 2007.

    I was noticing the number of "royal" and "personal" tartans worn by the bands:

    Lady Borrodale's Gift
    Which band wear's this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by figheadair View Post
    Which band wears this?
    Ah you bad man, made me get out those old programmes! Seriously, I was wondering myself.

    Some of those less-usual tartans and the bands that wore them, from the 2004 World Pipe Band Championships programme:

    Lady Borrowdale's Gift: Drambuie Kirkliston https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDrR0MYrKjs

    Princess Margaret Rose
    : Uddington Strathclyde https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT-gY-VoB7A

    Princess Elizabeth: Denny and Dunipace https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUhHjD_tsus

    William Murdoch: City Of Edinburgh https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSJST9gRLTs

    and this interesting one:

    Cleikum: Tweedvale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9PO1TBWXBk
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    I believe that Drambuie Kirkliston Pipe Band disbanded in 2005.

    Alan

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    Quote Originally Posted by neloon View Post
    I believe that Drambuie Kirkliston Pipe Band disbanded in 2005.

    Alan
    Yes indeed, in the piping community we read about it in pipes/drums

    https://www.pipesdrums.com/article/U...ston-disbands/

    Sad when a very good band shuts down, loss of sponsor they give as the reason.

    However another thing is that they had just won their grade and were poised to be upgraded. I don't know why, but I've seen it happen several times with bands: they have consistent success in a particular grade, but when upgraded the wheels come off, sometimes before they play a single contest in the higher grade, sometimes after a short time in the higher grade.

    Which makes bands like Inveraray so impressive, that keep climbing grades and have continued success at every level.
    Last edited by OC Richard; 6th June 20 at 06:22 AM.
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