|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.