Bute firm presents Wallace Society with new tartan

George Boyle and Christine McLeod from the Society of William Wallace, pictured with Catherine Murray and James Sprint of Bute Fabrics at the handover of the society's new tartan at Mount Stuart.
George Boyle and Christine McLeod from the Society of William Wallace, pictured with Catherine Murray and James Sprint of Bute Fabrics at the handover of the society's new tartan at Mount Stuart.

MEMBERS of the Society of William Wallace have paid a visit to Bute to collect a bale of a brand new tartan made for their members by an island firm.

The tartan was manufactured by Bute Fabrics at the company’s mill in Barone Road in Rothesay, having been designed by society member Christine McLeod, who is also the resident weaver at the historic Weaver’s Cottage in Kilbarchan in Renfrewshire.

Christine was joined by SWW treasurer George Boyle for the official presentation of the 60-metre roll of tartan at Mount Stuart on Wednesday by Bute Fabrics’ managing director James Sprint and the firm’s design director Catherine Murray.

“It’s absolutely superb,” Mr Boyle said. “As soon as I saw the cloth I knew it was way above all my expectations.

“No-one on the society’s committee makes decisions without the consent of everyone else, so there’s a wonderful sense of togetherness in the creation of this tartan - it really sums up everything we’re about.”

The new tartan will be given its first public outing at a reception at the Scottish Parliament on August 11 to mark the return to Scotland earlier this year of the Letter of Safe Conduct, written by King Philip IV of France in 1300 and one of only two surviving documents directly connected to Wallace.

Bute Fabrics’ managing director James Sprint said: “I’m delighted that the company has had the opportunity to manufacture tartan once again - we did it a long time ago, but no-one in the factory today was around in those days, and it’s great that we’ve been able to support a Scottish organisation in this way.”