Black Watch Modern Tartan Tie
The Black Watch - today an official infantry battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland - was first formed in 1725 in the wake of the Jacobite Rebellion. The Watch patrolled the Scottish Highlands, where they were “employed in disarming the Highlanders, preventing depredations, bringing criminals to justice, and hindering rebels and attained persons from inhabiting that part of the kingdom."
Though the origins of the name are unclear, some think it might have come from the regiment’s uniforms, which featured a tartan of black, dark blue and green. Today, the iconic Black Watch sett has become a “universal tartan”, and is one of the most recognizable and widely-adopted patterns around the world.
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Tartan - often referred to as “plaid” in North America - is a patterned cloth (historically woven wool) made up of intersecting horizontal and vertical bands of colored thread. Though its history reaches far and wide, tartans today are most closely associated with Scotland, where by the early eighteenth century distinct patterns (called “setts”) were adopted by specific regions throughout the country.
Originally, the colors used in a given tartan sett were dictated by the local availability of natural animal- and vegetable-based dyes, and were therefore closely related to the region in which the tartan was made. These natural dyes tended to produce more muted colors, and the resultant setts are now referred to as “ancient” tartans. Later, when synthetic dyes became more widely available in the mid-nineteenth century, colors became much darker and bolder, and unique setts began to be adopted by specific clans, families, and institutions. These tartans are commonly called “modern tartans”.