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James Watt Commemorative Joins The Spirit Of Titanic In A Busy Week For Tartans


The James Watt Commemorative is the newest addition to the Scottish Register of Tartans in a busy week that also saw the Spirit of Titanic Halifax and the NASA Apollo 11 Moon Landing and Moon Walk 50th Anniversary gain official recognition.

Inverclyde Council has created the brand new tartan as part of its plans to mark the 200th anniversary of James Watt’s death (1819).

James Watt was born in Greenock in 1736 and is most famous for his work on the steam engine. He turned the inefficient, coal-hungry steam engines of the time into the machine that powered the Industrial Revolution.

The James Watt Commemorative features dark grey to represent industrial works and tools; light grey to represent steam; orange to represent the signage and colours within the James Watt Institution and teal to represent Inverclyde Council.

Councillor Martin Brennan, Provost of Inverclyde, said:

“James Watt is one of Inverclyde’s most famous citizens. His impact on Britain and the world was enormous.

He was a hugely accomplished scientist and inventor, and we felt it was appropriate that there should be a tartan named after him.”

Under the Scottish Register of Tartans Act 2008 all-new tartans have to be registered but, paradoxically, cannot include the word ‘tartan’ in their name.

A unique design, a thread count and an image of the proposed tartan are required before it can be registered.

As part of the series of commemorative events, Inverclyde schools have been taking part in a creative art project to design their own James Watt Commemorative.

Hundreds of submissions will go on display in the newly refurbished and renamed Watt Institution (formerly the McLean Museum and James Watt library) when the building re-opens in the Autumn.

The James Watt Commemorative is initially expected to be available in the form of ties, shawls, rosettes and other merchandising.

Please note that the tartan should not be used in any form without Inverclyde council’s prior permission.

Published: 22 March 2019

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