The Colchester Historeum recently added a new piece of history to its collection.
The first kilt made with the official Colchester tartan was presented to the museum and will go on display in January.
“We’re very excited to have this,” said Margaret Mulrooney, curator at the Colchester Historeum. “It will be on display in January, probably in the first case here on the main floor.”
The tartan was created, by designer Deana Lloy, to commemorate the first Colchester Highland Games & Gathering, held in September. The tartan has been registered with The Scottish Register of Tartans and material was woven in Scotland for the first kilts.
The first kilts, handmade of eight yards of material, went on sale to raise funds for the games and kilt No. 1 was sold to the county.
“Part of the motion we passed was to purchase it and offer it to the historeum,” said Colchester County Mayor Christine Blair. “This way everyone can see it.
“Nova Scotia now has the oldest and the newest registered tartans in Canada.”
The Nova Scotia Tartan was the first provincial tartan in Canada. It was designed by Bessie Murray in 1953 after the Nova Scotia Sheep Association asked for examples of ways wool could be used. It was displayed at an agricultural exhibition and was so popular it was adopted as the provincial tartan in 1955.
Colchester tartan facts
Colours: Red is for the clay loam soil of Colchester County; green is for the land; blue is for the Fundy Bay, rivers and high tides; yellow is for the daffodil on the county flag and to represent Acadians; black is taken from the Mi'kmaq flag.
Design committee: James Finnie, Barb Simms, Deana Lloy, Linda Finnie and Scott Whitelaw