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Collection RML (unaccessioned) General
Description Woollen plaid with a black and white houndstooth pattern. Has been folded in half and hand stitched down one side. The letters JL are embroidered in red on a black square bottom left of plaid.

This pattern is know as a Shepherds plaid. [It] is one of the most common, and perhaps oldest in Scotland. It originated, most probably, from the use of wool from white and black or brown sheep. (from "The clans and tartans of Scotland" by Robert Bain)

Worn by James Laidlaw's father and donated by D. Kinzett.
James Laidlaw (born 1842) came to New Zealand in 1879 from Moffat in Dumfriesshire. He worked for two years as head shepherd for the Renwick family at Dumgree Station in the Awatere and later became manager of the Delta Station.
Object ID RML0.800.0237
Object Name Material, Cloth
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Last modified on: December 19, 2014