Modern Abercrombie Heavy Weight Tartan. This tartan can be traced back to 1831 when recorded in a publication by James Logan called ‘’ The Scottish Gael’’ The origin of the name is from the small parish of Abercromby in Fife. The lands & title were given to a supporter of Edward 1 of England, who became William de Abercromby suggesting a Norman origin. The Abercromby title passed to another part of the family in the 17th Century, that of the Abercrombies of Birkenbog in Banffshire. This section of the family was active in opposing the Reformation, supporting the Covenanters until the end of the 17th Century when David Abercromby eventually conformed to the established Presbyterian church. Sir Ralph Abercrombie became one of the most influential military figures of the 18th Century responsible for much of Britain’s successful foreign campaigns, with his military strategies influencing the Duke of Wellington’s campaigns against the French.