GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
Sponsors: Senators Tally; and Raynor.
Referred to: State Personnel and State Government.
Whereas, Scottish families began to settle in both North and South Carolina during the last two decades of the seventeenth century; and
Whereas, in the first half of the eighteenth century, large numbers of both Highland Scots and Ulster Scots settled in the two Carolinas; and
Whereas, Scots became major elements of the population of both colonies; and
Whereas, a tartan is a plaid textile design consisting of stripes of varying width and color, each tartan unique to a clan, district, or group; and
Whereas, St. Andrews Societies are organizations for the celebration of things Scottish; and
Whereas, St. Andrews Societies in North and South Carolina arranged for the design of a Carolina Tartan and cosponsored the effort for adoption of the design by the Scottish Tartans Society, which registered the Carolina Tartan in 1981; and
Whereas, those St. Andrews Societies believe that the Carolina Tartan was the first one successfully advanced for a group of states in the United States, although Canadian provinces had their distinctive tartans; and
Whereas, since 1981 tartans have been designed for other states; and
Whereas, the Carolina Tartan is a variation of a tartan associated with King Charles II, who gave the grant in 1663 that made Carolina a proprietary colony; and
Whereas, there is a desire on the part of many North Carolina citizens of Scottish descent to honor their ancestral ties; Now, therefore,
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
Section 1. Chapter 145 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:
"§ 145-15. State tartan.
The Carolina Tartan is adopted as the official tartan of the State of North Carolina."
Sec. 2. This act is effective upon ratification.