living registration


Registered earlier this month the Beckett-Beaumont is an official tartan. Scottish Tartans originally serve as rough marking of clans, families and districts. Here the spacing, colours and thickness of the lines are taken from digestive results of the experiments of William Beaumont “Father of Gastric Physiology” (1785-1853).

Whilst serving as a doctor in the U.S. army, Beaumont was offered a window into the workings of the living, when a certain Alexis St. Martin was shot in the abdomen, forming a hole directly into his stomach. Beaumont was able to lower pieces of food through the hole, into the gastric juices to monitor various digestive times.


The colours of the lines relate directly to the means of cooking, the thickness of the lines are the digestion times and the position in the tartan represents the foodstuff. The tartan reads in the same order as the table shown, a original observation of Beaumont.

The unfortunate Alexis St. Martin, who was allegedly reluctant to take part in the experiments. Mr. St. Martin would, in his later life, travel between family and laboratory in a lengthy commute from Canada to the U.S. He was also said to have quite a drinking problem.

The wound at an early stage:, Illustration: William Beaumont
Experiments and Observations of the Gastric Juice and the Physiology of Digestion,
Edinburgh 1838, pg. 17

Limited edition neck-ties now available in Beckett- Beaumont,

For ordering details please write with subject: I need to speak to jim, at address: [email protected]

Installation view showing tables and loom presentation of fabric itself.

Certificate proving tartan as original in name, set and colour. The tartan now appears on the International tartan index as registered tartan number 7039.

There are also great little sheep on the bottom left of the paper.