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Harris Tweed

The tweed has been hand made in the Outer Hebrides for hundreds of years. In 1909 the Harris Tweed Association was set up to protect the brand. This was replaced in 1993 by the Harris Tweed Authority. The definition of Harris Tweed is as follows: “Handwoven by the islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, finished in the Outer Hebrides, and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides.

J and J Crombie

Founded in 1805 at Aberdeen, Scotland, by John Crombie and his son James. They manufactured the finest greatcoat cloths in the world.

James Smith (1789-1850) Inventor

In 1834 he filed a patent on an improvement to the spinning process, whereby Archibald Buchanan’s self stripping cards were fixed to an endless chain, allowing regular cleaning. He was also responsible for a number of agricultural advances and invented the Salmon Ladder, the first known example of which was installed on the River Teith.

MYB Textiles (Lace Manufacturers)

Morton Young and Borland, now known as MYB Textiles, was established in 1900 at Newmilns, Ayrshire, Scotland, and is still located there. Today they are the only company in the world using original, but upgraded, Nottingham lace looms to produce fabrics from an archive of over 50,000 original designs.


Following the battle of Culloden in 1746, ¬†tartan was proscribed, and remained so until repealed by the Hanoverian government in 1782. There has always been a question mark over how long tartan had been in use in Scotland prior to those events, and an interesting pointer has recently emerged. In 2012 a BBC team in Morocco’s archaeological museum in Rabat were looking at a bronze statue of the Roman general Caracalla. It depicts him as a valiant military leader standing over two bound prisoners in an allegorical depiction of Caledonia and Parthia, two theatres of war where he had been involved. The Caledonian (Pictish) prisoner is wearing a form of tartan trews – Caracalla arrived in Caledonia at the beginning ¬†of the third century AD.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

A unique project to stitch the entire history of Scotland from pre-history to modern times. The finished tapestry will be shown for the first time in August 2013.

Scottish Achievement, Influence & Heritage is a work in progress