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The Douglas Ancient Tartan has colors of blue and green with a narrow band of black and a thin white
The Dress Gordon Tartan has colors of dark greens, blues and blacks, with wide stripes of white and yellow. A characteristic of many dress tartans is the white colour. Just as Hunting tartans used dark colours for hunting, in the same way most Dress tartans adopted white for dress occasions.
The first record of the Gordons places them in the Lowlands. They were probably of Anglo-Norman origin. The Highland clan is claimed to be descended from Sir Adam Gordon (d. 1333). Gordon was a supporter of King Robert the Bruce. He then received the lands of Strathbogie in return for his services to the king. At the start of the 15th century the family built Huntly Castle on these lands.
The senior male line ended in 1402. Elizabeth Gordon (d. 1439) saved the line by marrying Alexander of the influential Seton family. This union consolidated their powerful position in the Highlands.
They further profited from the authority given to them by the Stewart kings. They gained other lands and titles, including those of Sutherland. This inspired the sobriquet “Cock o’ the North”, a nickname affectionately given to the Chief of the Gordons. They did come into conflict with the Scottish Crown when George Gordon, the 4th Earl of Huntly (1514–1562) contested the earldoms of Mar and Moray bestowed by Mary, Queen of Scots on her half-brother James Stewart (c. 1531–1570). In October 1562, the Gordons were defeated by a royal army at the Battle of Corrichie in Aberdeenshire. The Earl of Huntly died during the fray and his body was later taken to Edinburgh where it was publicly disgraced. However, the 5th Earl (d. 1576) made peace with Mary and became her Chancellor in 1565.
The Gordons of Haddo acquired their lands in the northeast in the 15th century. Haddo House was built for them in the 17th century. Haddo House is a fine example of Palladian architecture and was inspired by the designs of the Italian architect Andrea Palladio. It was designed by William Adam (1689–1748). The interior was redone in the late Victorian period.
Septs: Related septs of the clan include: Adamson, Barrie, Crombie, Duff, Eadie, Gardner, Huntly, Jessiman, Laing, MacAdam, Teal.
Kinloch Anderson: The tartan cloth is supplied by and produced with the authority of Kinloch Anderson Scotland. They are based in Edinburgh. They were established in 1868. They are 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.
Waverley Books has published two books about Kinloch Anderson: A Scottish Tradition and Tailored For Scotland.
What is a commonplace notebook? Commonplace notebooks date back to The Scottish Enlightenment. Many thinkers and writers used a commonplace notebook for writing down ideas and knowledge. Adam Smith, Robert Burns, David Hume, and later, writers such as Sir Walter Scott, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Virginia Woolf used commonplace notebooks.
About the notebook: This notebook is made with cloth woven in mills in the United Kingdom. Notebook pages and paper components are made with 80gsm acid-free 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 tartan.
Left side blank, right side ruled.
Trimmed page size: 14 × 9 cm.