HBC members at our 2014 Burns Supper. From left to right: Stewart Cameron, Stewart Greig, John Lewandowski, David Glover, Duncan McGregor, Paul Roy.
At its March 1, 2012 monthly meeting, the Halifax Burns Club formally endorsed a motion to adopt its own tartan. The initiative was spearheaded by (then President) John Lewandowski and Innis Campbell (owner of the Scottish Lion shop). The intent was to create a design that met two purposes. The tartan could be used to create a kilt by members who do not have clan affiliations. It would also reflect our organization and serve to identify members. This design has become part of our Club image at Club events.
The heraldry of the sett of the Halifax Burns Club Tartan (registered with DC Dalgliesh Ltd. in four different wool or silk weights in a five ‘modern palette’ colour arrangement) is:
Dark Blue: Representing the Atlantic Ocean bordering Nova Scotia, across which our Scottish ancestors travelled to settle New Scotland
Cerulean Blue: From both Scotland’s St. Andrew’s Saltire Cross, and the cross on the Nova Scotia provincial flag
Grey: Hodden Grey from Burns’ life as a lowland farmer
White: Representing NS coastal granite rocks and coastal surf (from the NS tartan)
Gold: Representing the NS Royal Charter (from the NS Tartan and Provincial Crest)
History compiled by Stewart Cameron and Fred Leafloor