Inverclyde Council has registered a special commemorative tartan to celebrate the life and legacy of Greenock-born inventor James Watt.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of Watt’s death. The tartan has been created as part of a series of celebrations in the Inverclyde area.
An entry on Scottish Register of Tartans says: “The James Watt tartan was designed as part of a year of commemorative events in 2019 held by Inverclyde Council to mark the bicentenary of his death in August 1819.”
The entry also gives information on the colours used on the special cloth: “Dark grey represents industrial works and tools; light grey represents steam; orange represents the signage and colours within the James Watt Institution and blue has been included to represent Inverclyde Council.”
The entry goes on to stress that the new tartan “may only be worn, used or woven with permission from Inverclyde Council”.
The Inverclyde Now website says that £20,000 has been set aside for the “creation, promotion, merchandising and launch of a James Watt tartan”.