The Fitzpatricks are one of a small number of Irish Families who have their own family tartan. Its origin is unknown, but records show that is was in existence c1880. The House of Edgar say that the dress tartan is oldest and therefore most authentic. The modern colors represent a tartan in its new and present state while the ancient colors represent a tartan in its old and faded state.
In defence of family history After shopping and porn, family history is the most popular activity on the web. Alison Light, who has spent years tracing her ancestors, defends it against scholarly condescension http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/oct/11/genealogy-not-historys-poor-relation-family