Green Devon Tartan
The main colour’s are two shades of green, the dark being the valleys of Exmoor, the lighter representing the switchback heartland of Devon, with some of the most fertile grass land in Britain. The cattle that graze these pastures produce milk from which comes most of Devon’s delicious cream.
The white cross represents the sheep, which roam most of Devon and in earlier days some of the fleeces would have been sold in the Old Yarn Market at Dunster.
Traces of handloom weaving have been found in Cullompton and Tiverton.
The yellow cross notes the primroses, the slender wild Mullein and the yellow Pyrenean Lily which grow in the hedgerows in the springtime.
The fertile soil can be seen in the red brown, which often shows in the high-banked lanes and could be a memory of Norman times when Devon was made a Royal Forest and deer were protected as game for the King. Farmers banked and hedged in, to save their crops from the deer.
The open wilderness of Dartmoor must be included in the colour grey, noting the prehistoric remains in stone from old tin, lead, copper and manganese mines.
By kind permission of Coldharbour Mill