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History of the New Hampshire Tartan
By Kelly Dowling


State Tartan. In 1995, the state adopted an official state tartan.

Check out The St. Andrew's Society of New Hampshire to view the tartan

The colors are listed with the number of threads used to create the tartan. The sett for the New Hampshire Tartan is as follows:

green 56, black 2, green 2, black 12, white 2, black 12,
purple 2, black 2, purple 8, red 6, purple 28

The colors in the sett all have significance to the state. The purple represents the State's bird and flower, the purple finch and purple lilac; green represents the green of the forests; black represents our granite mountains; white represents the snow; and red represents all the state heroes.

New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated (RSA) 3:21

History of 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 [1996]

Kelly Dowling
Information Officer
NH House of Representatives


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