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Following the battle of Culloden in 1746,  tartan was proscribed, and remained so until repealed by the Hanoverian government in 1782.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.

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