At least forty states have a total of more than forty-four district tartans of which twenty-two are official state symbols (seventeen by statute). Why shouldn't we here in Maryland have an official state tartan? That's what I thought, so I designed a tartan for Maryland based on the state flag.
The threadcount over half a sett with a full count at the pivot points is
Y/16 K16 Y16 K16 R40 W8 R8 W/40
(where Y=Yellow; K=Black; R=Red; W=White).
Background, Rationale and History of the Tartan
The original idea was for a great kilt to be sold at the Maryland Renaissance Festival with a tartan (called “Revel Grove”) unique to the local area. Once I settled on the idea to use the Maryland flag as the basis for my design, the concept was expanded to become the Maryland State tartan. This design was completed and set aside for many years.
With my discovery of the Scottish Register of Tartans, and verification that there is no pre-existing official Maryland State Tartan, a way became clear to have this tartan registered and finally woven. Once registered, my intention is to make this sett available to those who would like to wear a tartan that celebrates their Maryland connections. Besides kilts, tartan cloth is used to make shawls, sashes, ties, blankets, and many other items.
According to the Scottish Register of Tartans,
"where a tartan is named after a country, a state, a district, a town or a city, giving the impression of an association with any central or local authority, public or private initiative, the application must be accompanied by a letter of authority from a prominent office-bearer in the appropriate body." In our case, that would be the Governor. In some states, the state tartan is an official state symbol by act of law. In other states, the state tartan is authorized by a Governor's Proclamation. Can you help us make this tartan a district tartan for Maryland?
Efforts to Make the Maryland State Tartan an Official Maryland State Symbol
During the 2015 Maryland legislative session, Senator Ed Reilly introduced Senate Bill 114 to make the Maryland State tartan an official state symbol. A hearing was held in the Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee but the bill was not passed out of committee.
For the 2016 session, Senator Ed Reilly has reintroduced the bill, this time it is Senate Bill 26. Delegate Michael Malone cross filed the bill as HB 303 along with 8 co-sponsors. Unfortunately, after a well-received hearing (click for the video and start at time 2:00:54) in the house Health and Government Operations Committee, the bill was still voted unfavorably and the senate bill was withdrawn.
Will you help us get the bill passed in the next session? Or perhaps we can the governor to proclaim the tartan like Governor Mike Huckabee did in Arkansas in 1998 or Governor Gary Johnson did in New Mexico in 1999 in association with tartan day.
Where Can I Purchase Maryland State Tartan Items?
Description of the Maryland State Tartan
The Maryland tartan is based on the design of the Maryland state flag. According to the Secretary of State, “The Maryland flag has been described as the perfect state flag — bold colors, interesting patterns, and correct heraldry—a flag that fairly shouts ‘Maryland.’” The Maryland tartan is also bold and it shouts “Maryland” as well.
According to Maryland state law, “The Maryland flag is divided into four quarters. The first and fourth quarters consist of six vertical bars alternately yellow (representing gold) and black with a diagonal band on which the colors are reversed. The yellow and black quarters represent the family arms of the first proprietor of Maryland, George Calvert, first Lord Baltimore.” In the tartan the Baltimore arms are represented by seven stripes alternating black and yellow with the center yellow stripe as the pivot point. Seven stripes are necessary to make a reflective set and the black stripe is first and last to reflect the fact that the black diamond on the Maryland flag is uppermost.
In the Maryland flag “the second and third quarters consist of a quartered field of red and white (representing silver) bearing a Greek cross with arms terminating in trefoils. The colors in the second and third quarters alternate, with red on the white ground and white on the red. The red and white quarters display the arms of Lord Baltimore's maternal family, the Crosslands.” In the tartan the Crossland arms are represented by a wide red stripe, a narrow white stripe, a narrow red stripe, and a wide white stripe at the repeating point. Placing the wide red stripe next to the black and the wide white stripe at the pivot point maintains a reflecting sett with the resulting tartan being arisaid but not dominated by white.
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