NO. R-114.  Senate concurrent resolution designating “The Vermont Tartan”.

(S.C.R.17)

Offered by:  Senator Campbell of Windsor County, Senator Mullin of Rutland County and Senator Bloomer of Rutland County.

Offered by:  Representatives Partridge of Windham, Allard of St. Albans Town, Anderson of Woodstock, Baker of West Rutland, Bartlett of Dover, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Carey of Chester, Clark of Vergennes, Crowley of West Rutland, Dakin of Colchester, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Dostis of Waterbury, Dunsmore of Georgia, Emmons of Springfield, Flory of Pittsford, Head of South Burlington, Howrigan of Fairfield, Johnson of South Hero, Kenyon of Bradford, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, McLaughlin of Royalton, Nitka of Ludlow, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Rodgers of Glover, Rogers of Castleton, Rusten of Halifax, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Morristown, Sweaney of Windsor, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle, Valliere of Barre City, Waite of Pawlet and Winters of Swanton.

Whereas, centuries ago, the first tartans in Scotland were made to give people a sense of pride and pleasure, and

Whereas, “The Vermont Tartan,” as an international symbol portraying Vermont’s proud heritage, reflects Vermont’s unique contribution to the United States of America and the state’s connections to Scotland, and

Whereas, renowned Scottish designer Andrew Elliot and Scottish Vermonter Lilias MacBean Hart of Wilmington designed “The Vermont Tartan” for Vermonters everywhere by blending the natural beauty of Vermont with the earliest history and traditions of tartans in a way that reminds them of Vermont’s beautiful seasons - the greens of spring and summer, the reds and golds of fall, the white snow, and the dark blue of the moonlit sky, and

Whereas, one of the main colors of “The Vermont Tartan” is blue in honor of the primary color in the Vermont state flag and in recognition of the poem “Fragmentary Blue,” written by Vermont’s first poet laureate, Robert Frost, and

Whereas, on December 3, 1993, Lilias MacBean Hart registered the trademark “The Vermont Tartan” with the Vermont secretary of state, and

Whereas, she has subsequently assigned any and all personal rights to “The Vermont Tartan” to the St. Andrew Society of Vermont, and

Whereas, on May 25, 1994, “The Vermont Tartan” was recorded by the Scottish Tartans Society in Perthshire, Scotland, thereby giving international recognition to this state, and

Whereas, on October 11, 1994, “The Vermont Tartan” was certified and registered in the International Association of Tartan Studies by the Tartan Educational and Cultural Association, Inc., and

Whereas, Vermont’s tourism and economic and cultural development will be promoted by the Scottish Tartans Society’s certification of  “The Vermont Tartan,” now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly adopts “The Vermont Tartan” as the State Tartan, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to forward a copy of this resolution to Lilias MacBean Hart and to Keith Lumsden at the Scottish Tartans Society in Perthshire, Scotland, and to the St. Andrew Society of Vermont.