Lodge St Andrew No: 1437 S.C.  Singapore
Regular Lodge Meeting: 3rd Monday of each month - Dress Code Black Tie Formal - Tyle @ 6:30pm
Lodge Tartan & Aprons Acoording   to   the   Scottish   Tartans   Museum    “Originally,   tartan   designs   had   no   names,   and no   symbolic   meaning.    All   tartan   cloth   was   hand   woven,   and   usually   supplied   locally.  While   it   may   have   been   true   that   certain   colors   or   pattern   motifs   were   more   common   in some   areas   than   others,   no   regulated   or   defined   "clan   tartan"   system   ever   existed.    Tartan, in   general,   however   came   to   be   extremely   popular   in   Scottish   Highland   culture.    So   much so    that    by    the    seventeenth    and    eighteenth    centuries,    tartan    clothing    is    seen    to    be characteristic of Highland dress.” The   distinguishing   feature   of   Scottish   lodges   is   that   each   lodge   is   allowed   to   choose   its own   tartan   related   to   certain   clans   in   Scotland.   This   tartan   design   is   frequently   used   as borders   for   the   lodge   regalia   and   in   some   cases   as   materials   for   Kilts   that   some   Scottish brethren wear to lodge meetings. The   Murray   of Atholl   tartan   was   adopted   as   the   Lodge   colors   on   27 th January   1949.   It   was   proposed   by   Bro   V.N. Wade who was the District Grand Secretary and seconded by Bro. Walter Wearne. The   reason   for   this   choice   was   not   documented.   It   was   unfortunate   that   the   Lodge   had   difficulty   in   locating   the old   Murray   of   Atholl   Tartan   for   its   apron   and   over   the   years   the   Lodge   tartan   had   slowly   shifted   to   that   of   the current   Murray   of   Tullibardine   tartan.   This   is   because   over   the   years   as   advised   by   the   suppliers   the   original shade   of   the   old   Murray   of Atholl   gradually   shifted   to   a   more   reddish   hue   until   it   finally   took   the   sembalance   of Murray   of Tullibardine   which   is   more   readily   available. This   was   primarily   due   to   the   type   of   dyes   that   were   used over the period of time from the original vegetabe dyes to the current synthetic dyes. The   Lodge   had   considered   it   more   practical   to   retain   the   current   set   of   regalia   with   Murray   of   Tullibardine   tartan until   the   stock   of   aprons   wear   out   when   we   can   then   revert   to   our   original   Murray   of   Atholl   Tartan.   This   was endorsed in the General Committe meeting of 17 th August 1999. Side Note: The   above   reserach   was   done   by   Bro   Shum   Siew   Khoon   for   the   lodge’s   50th Anniversary   celebration   If   you   are interested   to   know   the   history   behind   Murray   clan   please   look   at   the   lodge’s   50th   Anniversary   programme. There is a weblink under Resource Centre tab of this website. Bro    Yip    Wing    Kong        have    also    come    across    the Murray   of   Atholl   tartan,   both   on   the   internet   as   well as   physically   during   his   trip   to   Scotland   with   some of    the    brethren    in    2011.     They    visited    a    tartan weaving   company   near   Loch   Carron.    Not   only   did they   find   the   Murray   of   Atholl   tartan,   their   various versions   of   it;   they   could   have   actually   purchase   the tartan directly from the weavers at Loch Carron.   The   version   Bro   Yip   Wing   Kong   liked   is      the   modern one.    The   colors   are   brighter   and   the   pattern   bigger and   more   distinctive.    Having   visited   the   weavers, Bro     Yip     begen     to     understand     the     differences between   the   ancient   and   modern   versions   of   various tartans.    The   ancient   tartans   came   from   a   time   when they    used    vegetable    dyes,    hence    the    colors    were more    muted    and    the    patterns    less    distinct.     The modern    versions    are    made    from    modern    synthetic dyes.    Their   colors   are   much   brighter   and   the   patterns   bigger   and   more   dynamic.   The   3   samples   for   the   Murray of Atholl shown above are all modern versions of the Murray of Atholl. We   have   discussed   the   Lodge   tartan   for   many   years.    While   some   of   us   feel   that   we   should   at   some   point   in time,   revert   to   our   original   tartan   of   Murray   of   Atholl,   it   is   presently   not   the   right   time   to   do   it.    It   will   be   too disruptive   and   costly   to   change   all   the   office-bearer's   regalia   and   also   that   of   the   brethren   and   PMs   as   well. Perhaps that is something we have to keep in mind when the opportunity for change presents. If   you   are   interested   in   finding   out   the   history   and   clans   of   various   tartans    in   the   world   please   visit   the   following website:- Tartan Register
Murray of Atholl-1 Murray of Atholl-2 Murray of Atholl-3 Murray of Tullibardine Lodge St Andrew’s Tartans
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