Cornish Tartans are a modern invention but there is a Scottish one for the Keith's that Harvey's are entitled to wear. The Keiths most famously helped out beating up the English at Bannockburn and an Internet search will bring up many accounts.

The note about the tartan - shown below has also come off the Internet. I don't know where from but there are several similar accounts thrown up by a Google search. The site also has a section about the origin of the Harvey name

Reading below will show how the Keiths and Harveys are linked. Another accounts can be read here.

In the time of David I, King of Scotland (about 1160), a Scottish Knight named Hervey is said to have obtained a grant of the north-west portion of the lands of Keith, in East Lothian (near Aberdeen). From its owner, it was called Keith-Hervey. It was this Hervey who held the office of King's Marischal under Malcom IV and William the Lion. The title Marischal became hereditary, and was passed to his grandson Philip upon Hervey's death in 1196. As was the custom at the time, the family became known by the name Keith, after the lands they possessed. The Keiths were a very powerful Celtic family in the far north of Scotland and their chiefs continued to hold the important office of Marischal of Scotland for six hundred years. Numerous Earl Marischals used the name Hervey or Harvey throughout their history. Famous episodes of their chronicles are a bloody and treacherous battle with their Norse neighbors, the Gunns, in 1464 and the rescue in Cromwell's time of the Scottish Regalia which the sixth Earl Marischal hid safely at Dunottar Castle.

I have found several variations on the tartan - For example look here.


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Coats of Arms.

There are quite a few coats of arms for Harvey families none of which belong to us although legally there is nothing to stop their use. The Harvey Genealogist website has information on some of the crests

- The Trenear-Harveys of St Just-in-Penwith -