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Pans Supporting The National Tartan Register of Scotland

Don't believe what you read in the papers ...

The press cutting below tells about 20% of the story. Here's the rest!

In fact, in 2000 the Scottish Tartans Society moved into the first floor Hall at the Cockenzie Centre, fully restored and lavishly furnished by the Barons Courts. Gordon Prestoungrange was appointed Keeper of the Records including the library with Anne Taylor in support. A website was established for the Society by the Barons Courts with full search facilities online. But then it started to unravel. The then President, Duncan Paisley, wanted to make the premises his personal HQ and expected the Barons Courts staff to work 'for' him - which alas was not feasible.

An 'illegal' meeting of the Society's Council was called by Duncan Paisley which terminated the agreement. Of necessity the Barons Courts requested compensation for all its expenses incurred to that date including comprehensive rental agreements and extensive restoration. The Society declined to compensate and deadlock resulted. Barons Courts, assisted by former Keeper of the Records Keith Lumsden, retained possession of the Society's tartan assets as collateral for settlement which has still not come. Keith Lumsden and Barons Courts sustained the website.

In October 2007 the rump Council of the Society which had held no General Meetings since the breach of the agreement resigned and handed matters to the Office for the Scottish Charity Regulator in Dundee. A formal meeting is now scheduled for January 2008.

Delighted to Deposit Tartan Records with the National Archives

Meanwhile, the Parliament at Holyrood, having been advised by wise men that tartan was a 300m pa export industry, is taking steps to 'nationalise the Tartan Register' in the office of Lord Lyon ... and to place all the records and artefacts in the National Archives of Scotland. A Bill is to go to Parliament in the current session.

Barons Courts, and Keith Lumsden, are delighted at the prospect of a National Register; and delighted the records will find a permanent home in the National Archives. As they find their way there it is to be hoped that the outstanding 'difficulties' can be resolved. Here's to 2008!

from Barons' Courts of Prestoungrange & of Dolphinstoun

Published Date: December 21st 2007

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