The over check breaks up the under check pattern.
It is made up of a series of thinner stripes that modify the broader
swathes of colour. Some designs take the over check to the limit
but then tend towards a texture.
Over Checks from the Centre
To a two-colour Rob Roy under check of red and black may be
added a thin black stripe in the midst of the red under check
and a yellow stripe within the black under check to make the Wallace.
This is the simplest over check, the single line within the under
check creating a cross within the under check.
|If a single line is added, away from the pivot, then it becomes a double
line either side of the pivot. This device is very popular in two-colour
checks and may be seen in Lindsay, Erskine designs and the
Ramsay of Dalhousie, and forms a part of many more complex tartans, being
present at a single pivot within Campbell, Robertson and Ross. |
The Red Robertson is interesting also for splitting a dark under
check into different dark colours, the overcheck creating the illusion of
a single red ground.
The centre and off-centre idea can be combined into a triple band, often
with a broad centre and narrower lines beside. This may be seen in Baird,
Monroe and Sutherland.
Continued: More on the Over Check