Posted on May 17, 2016 by Kirstin Gault
Based on the Grant family tartan, this design by Knockando Woolmill has been created to commemorate the bicentenary of Aberlour.
Aberlour was founded in 1812 by Charles Grant of Elchies who was a leading light of the community. Another Charles Grant was born in Strondhu, Knockando in 1807 and was headmaster at Aberlour School from 1844 to 1874.
The colours that make up the tartan and what they represent are as followed; green from the surrounding hills and the Aberlour coat of arms; blue, Scotland’s national colour and reminiscent of the river Spey; gold, the colour of barley and whisky; and lastly, purple, for heather and the thistle.
The Aberlour Tartan is currently available as a scarf; however, the tartan is arriving soon to our shop and online as a kilting fabric. The fabric has been woven on the 1899 Dobcross loom - the restored shuttle loom is a Victorian machine which is becoming very rare.
Aberlour Tartan Scarf is available here
Photos of the Aberlour kilting fabric can be viewed below.
The Knockando Woolmill is based in northeast Scotland and has been manufacturing woollen textiles continuously since 1784. It is recognised as a unique part of Scotland’s manufacturing heritage and was awarded significant funding for its restoration.
The Woolmill seeks to minimise its impact on the environment throughout its sourcing and manufacturing processes whilst staying true to its heritage and traditions.
All profits go to the Knockando Woolmill Trust to ensure the future of the Woolmill.