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The New Hampshire Tartan

In 1993, the idea of creating a New Hampshire Tartan for the 20th Anniversary of the New Hampshire Highland Games in 1995, was initiated. Designed by handweaver, Ralf Hartwell of Newton, NH, the New Hampshire tartan is unique in its color tones, in that special dye lots must be prepared for the coloring process.

With the review and verification of the design as original and authentic by the Tartan Educational and Cultural Association and the International Association of Tartan Studies, NH State Representative Stephen Avery arranged for Governor Stephen Merrill to proclaim the Tartan as the State Tartan of New Hampshire in June of 1994. In January of 1995, Avery introduced a bill to the NH Legislature for permanent recognition, which was passed in May, 1995.

The New Hampshire Tartan is being woven at Pecora Mills, located in Laconia, NH, owned and run by Scottish born Rob Robb. The distribution and sale of the New Hampshire Tartan is through the Johnston's Scottish Shop, in Goffstown, NH.

All of the proceeds from sales of the New Hampshire Tartan will go into scholarship funds of the St. Andrew's Society of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Gathering of the Scottish Clans, Inc. Both not-for-profit organizations provide financial support for the furthering of Scottish Arts and Culture, in New Hampshire and the Northeastern United States.

The colors and what they mean:

At the New Hampshire Highland Games the tartans were paraded onto the playing field by each of the Clans as if they were their flags.

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