|The pattern books of the old firm of weavers, Wilson's of
Bannockburn, provide the first record of this sett. The
pattern was not published until 1886 when James Grant
included it in, 'The Tartans of the Clans of Scotland'.
Grants version has an extra black line. The pattern is
unusual in that the half sett is not reversed to create a
symmetrical square. Instead the full sett is simply
repeated from right to left across the cloth. There is no
reliable explanation of why the Hunting Stewart should be
regarded as a 'General' tartan other than, perhaps, that
hunting tartans are not formal wear and therefore not
subject to the rigours of clan protocol.