D.C.Stewart wrote concerning the MacNicol tartan, "Cloth has been woven purporting to show the correct sett, but the sett seems intended for that appearing in McIan's drawing, where no such claim is made for it. The drawing admits of many interpretations; the sett given here is one such reconstruction...". In 1980 the Nicholsons and the MacNicols became separate clans. When Lord Carnock was recognised as Chief of the Nicholsons, Lord Lyon accepted a petition from Ian Nicholson of Scorrybreac, Chief of the MacNicols.