In his honor, a new tartan was designed by Matthew Newsome, director of The Scottish Tartans Museum in North Carolina.
Material was then made by Ingles Buchan of Glasgow, in Scotland and worn as a scarf by the pope, his private secretary and Cardinal Keith O'Brien of Scotland during a procession in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh.
Since then, orders for ties and scarves in the new material have poured in.
Here is the symbolism of the colors used in the pattern:
- The white and blue are Scotland's national colors.
- The green isfor the lichens growing in Galloway.
- The red and white are from Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman's crest.
- The yellow is from the Vatican flag.