Answered By: Marie Rose
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2015     Views: 11

The Royal Stuart tartan was worn by The Citadel Bagpipe Band that was established in 1955. A new Citadel tartan was designed and approved by the Board of Visitors on December 7, 1979. It is registered on the Rolls of the Scottish Tartans Society at the Museum of Scottish Tartans, Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland. The new tartan was worn for the first time at the inauguration of Major General James A. Grimsley in March 1981. The colors symbolize Citadel traditions. Blue and white are the college colors; gold represents the brass on cadet uniforms; and red represents a cadet officer's sash. (Sources: Alumni News, summer 1980, pp. 1-3. PRIOLEAU ROOM U430 .C5 A82; "Tartan Idea Was Born in 1929," "Inauguration Edition," Charleston Evening Post, March 19, 1981, and News and Courier, March 20, 1981, p. 2)

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