The legendary Cunard Queen Elizabeth 2 on the Hudson River in New York City, October 16, 2008, as she departs for the final time.

25 February, 2011

Pride of the Clyde Tartan

A Google search revealed that there is a registered tartan  called the "Pride of the Clyde."  I rather like the color combination. In fact, I had experimented with a background color when setting up this blog initially and it looks like I inadvertently got very close to the to the dominant blue color of the tartan.  I guess now I need to find a way to integrate this somewhere in the blog.

Developed by John Keogh of Keogh and Savage Gents Outfitters, Ltd. of Greenock, it appears to have been released in 2007.  Not much else was to be found online regarding the tartan, but I did find this press release.

A brand new tartan with echoes of the heritage of the river Clyde has recently been introduced by John Keogh of Keogh and Savage in their shop at West Blackhall Street in Greenock.

'As a child I grew up seeing the edges of the shipyards from my window and have tried to reflect this aspect of Inverclyde within the tartan we have produced', said John.  The blue stands for the ocean, with the vertical white lines suggesting the Greenwich meridian and the horizontal white the equator. The grey signifies the steel of the ships which went from Greenock to the four corners of the world. There was a time, you know, when 75% of the world's shipping was built on the Clyde. The thin blue lines represent the burner's torches I could see from my window at night while the thin white line represents the arc of the electrical welders at work.  Finally, the light blue signifies the sky's horizon.
We have made the Pride of the Clyde tartan kilts with extra pleats to help signify the waves of the Clyde when worn. We have also designed a special sporran to go with the new tartan using an anchor with a celtic cross effect and three ropes and a blue chain arc on the cantle.
Overall I hope wearers will feel that this new tartan is a celebration of the river and will wear it with pride. A number of kilts have already been sold while others are on order and hire arrangements for the new tartan are in place. We have sent material over to North America with the aim of getting the tartan well known there through the various Scottish Associations.

We also hope that the Pride of the Clyde tartan will be suitable and liked by families whose surname does not lead to a specific named tartan. There also may be some interest from a national media company.'

The new tartan is on display in the Keogh and Savage window in West Blackhall Street, Greenock.
From the Scottish Registry of Tartans website the GOvernment of Scotland's official site,, below is an enlarged view of the tartan.

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