Argyll

Confusing that Argyll is a surname and also the name of an old Scottish county – Argyllshire. W & S Smith (1850) records this pattern as Cawdor Campbell. Wilson records it as Argyll in 1819 (No. 230) and refers to an Argyll tartan in a letter of 1798. W. and A.K. Johnston (1906) calls it… Continue reading Argyll

Galloway

THIS is a district tartan. Designed in the 1950s by Councillor John Hannay of the Hannah Clan Society. Galloway (Scottish Gaelic: Gall-Ghàidhealaibh/Gallobha) is a region in southwestern Scotland comprising the historic counties of Wigtownshire and Kirkcudbrightshire. A native or inhabitant of Galloway is called a Gallovidian. The place name Galloway is derived from the Gaelic i nGall Gaidhealaib (“amongst the Gall Gaidheil”). The Gall Gaidheil, literally meaning “Stranger-Gaidheil”, originally referred to a population of mixed Scandinavian and Gaelic ethnicity that inhabited Galloway in the Middle Ages.