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Smith

This is the official Smith (Ancient) Tartan.

Although every Clan had smiths, there was once a Clan Smith in old Scotland. After 1745, the clan system was outlawed. In 1978, Emery Smith, Jr. of Southern Pines, North Carolina re-formed Clan Smith under the name Clan Smith Society, Inc. (USA Branch). It is an organization of people of Scottish or Scots-Irish Smith backgrounds and their spouses.

Smith is the most popular name in Scotland and Smiths were scattered throughout the length and breadth of Scotland. It is therefore difficult to assign a place of origin to this name. It is recorded that a family of Smiths were settled in the parish of Strathblane at Craigend, first as tenants, and later as lairds. The tradition of this family is that when surnames came into use they took their name from their occupation of the smiths and armourers of the Barony of Mugdock.

In the Gaelic-speaking highlands, the name is rendered smith, meaning not only a man who made ploughshares and horseshoes, but also an armourer who made weapons of all types --- is Gobha, which the origin for the names Gow, MacGow, and MacGowan; however, even in the Gaelic-speaking Highlands the name appears to have been sometimes Anglicized as Smith and there are many Smiths in Lewis, where Gaelic is still generally spoken even now.


""Ancient"" tartans are often the same as the"Modern"" tartans except that the kilt colors may be lighter‚ more faded. The oldest tartan swatches were not as color-fast as modern dyeing methods."