A little bit about the two Manx Tartans

In 1957 it was suggested that the Isle of Man should adopt a National Tartan. Local designers were invited to send in their ideas and the winner was Patricia “Paddy” McQuaid who based her idea on the colours of the Manx landscape. Green, purple, white, yellow, blue, dark blue and rowan red. In 1978 with Paddy McQuaids tartan no longer available, Bob Wood, the owner of Laxey Woollen Mills, designed a new Manx-themed tartan using just five colours – blue for the sea, gold for the gorse, green for the hills, purple for the heather and white for the cottages. The Laxey Tartan was registered with the Scottish Tartan Society and quickly became known as the Manx Tartan.

Manx hunting tartan, designed many years ago, is a national tartan alive with the colours of Mona's Isle, Ellan Vannin, the Isle of Man and its colours represent Dark Grey for the rocks, Deep Green for the glens, Tawny Brown for the bracken, Gold for the Cushag flowers, Silver for the mountain streams and White for the misty veil of Manannan’s Cloak.