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The purpose of this site is to let researchers of the Garvin (Gawin) Campbell and Mary Brown family know who else is doing research and what they have accomplished so that time, energy and expense will not need to be duplicated.

 

There are four patterns of tartan that are authorized by MacCailein Mor, Chief of Clan Campbell. Campbells and septs of Breadalbane, Cawdor and Loudoun may wear their respective tartans, but all members of Clan Campbell may wear the plain blue, green and black Campbell sett, sold by the mills as "Ancient Campbell," a lighter shade of Black Watch.

"Dress Campbell" and "Campbell of Argyll" are tartans sold by the mills, but are not authorized by the Chief. The Chief of a clan is the final authority of what constitutes a clan tartan . However, the mills and vendors choose to ignore this, and continue to sell the unauthorized Campbell tartans. MacCailein Mor has stated that he is "quite happy" to have clan members wear these non-authorized tartans if they have already purchased them, but has asked that people confine themselves to buying the authorized tartans in the future.

For those of you who have purchased the unauthorized tartans, don't despair. Bear in mind that clan tartans have only been in existence since the early 1800s, and came about as a result of a scam perpetrated by two brothers. Prior to that, clansmen wore whatever tartan was generally available in their area, and wore a piece of the clan plant badge to announce their clan affiliation.

So, whatever tartan you have, wear it with pride!

 

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