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The Dress Mackenzie tartan contrasts wide bands of snowy white with dark blacks, blues and greens – and a single vibrant red stripe.
The Mackenzie clan is of Celtic origin, and its history goes back to at least the 13th century when they were established at Eilean Donan, near Kyle of Lochalsh, in the western Highlands of Scotland which was to be their stronghold for centuries.
In the 15th century, at a time when many of the Gaelic clans were asserting their independence of the monarchy, Alexander, 6th of Kintail, and 1st Chief Mackenzie (before 1436, after 1471), gave his allegiance to the Royal House of Stewart. Alexander’s loyalty to James III against John of Islay, 4th Lord of the Isles (chief of Clan Donald, d. 1423) was rewarded with a royal charter to the lands at Kintail and later with the award of lands that had been confiscated from the MacDonalds.
Through successive chiefs, the Mackenzies continued to pledge their allegiance to the Crown, and by the beginning of the 17th century they had acquired the forfeited lands of the MacLeods in Lewis and the MacDonnels in Lochalsh. In 1609, Kenneth, 12th Chief of Kintail, was created Lord Mackenzie, and his son, Colin, was created the 1st Earl of Seaforth 14 years later.
The Mackenzies installed the Macraes as hereditary governors of Eilean Donan Castle, and the loyalty of the Macraes to their overlords was such that they were known as the “Mackenzies’ shirt of mail”.
The fortunes of the clan wavered in the 18th century when their support of the failed 1715 Jacobite Rebellion resulted in the forfeit of their lands and titles. The lands were repurchased and the title of Earl of Seaforth restored in 1771, but the male line died out in 1815.
The Mackenzie motto is Luceo non uro – “shine not burn”.
Septs: Related septs of the clan include: Kenneth, MacConnach, MacIver, MacKerlich, MacVanish, Murchison
About the notebook: This notebook is made with cloth woven in mills in the United Kingdom. Notebook pages and paper components are made with acid-free 80 gsm paper from sustainable forests. Boards used in the binding process are made of 100% recycled paper. This hardback notebook is bound in genuine British tartan cloth with an elastic closure, ribbon market, eight perforated end leaves and expandable inner note holder. It contains a removable booklet about the history of clan tartans, and a bookmark that gives information on the Dress Mackenzie tartan.
Left side blank, right side ruled.
Trimmed page size: 14 × 9 cm.
Kinloch Anderson: The tartan cloth is supplied by and produced with the authority of Kinloch Anderson Scotland, holders of Royal Warrants of Appointment as Tailors and Kiltmakers to HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.