The Anderson  Tartan

The Anderson Tartan

The Anderson tartan is unique in that it has seven colours, requiring a special loom on which to weave it.”

“The name comes in two forms— MacAndrew, used in the Highlands, and Anderson, used in the Lowlands.” These names have been linked since the early 15th century as a sept of the association of about 16 families (Clan Chattan) .



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The Blair  Tartan

The Blair, Ancient Tartan

Blair is an English-language name of Scottish Gaelic origin. The surname is derived from any of the numerous places in Scotland named Blair. These place names are derived from the Scottish Gaelic blàr, meaning "plain" and "field"



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The Black Watch tartan
The Black Watch Tartan

"In the 18th century, a 'watch' meant a military police force.
The Black Watch tartan, arguably the most famous of Scots tartans, was originally designed for teh Highland regiment of the same name. This first mustered in 1740, on the banks of the River Tay."





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The Cameron of Lochiel tartan
The Cameron of Lochiel Tartan

The Clan Cameron, reputedly one of the most ancient clans in Scotland, had a fearful name for ferocity: ‘fiercer than fierceness itself’ was one of the phrases used to describe them.” Their history goes back to 1411.
“The name of the Highland Camerons apparently derives from the Gaelic cam-shron, meaning ‘crooked nose’ or ‘crooked hill’.”




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The Canada Maple Leaf  tartan
The Canada Maple Leaf Tartan

The new Canadian flag in 1965, was “commemorated by a special tartan featuring the brilliant red, brown and green of the maple’s autumn foliage ”




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The Forbes  tartan
The Forbes Tartan

"The name Forbes comes from the Gaelic word for ‘field’ - forba."
This clan takes its name and derives from the Forbes lands in Aberdeenshire. It has Celtic origins.




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The Gordon  Tartan
The Gordon, Dress Tartan

The name Gordon comes from gor-dun, which means ‘hill fort’ and derives from Berwickshire. In the 14th century, however, the Gordons moved north into Aberdeenshire where the Lord of Gordon, Sir Adam Gordon, became a friend of the Scots freedom fighter William Wallace."


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The Gunn  tartan
The Gunn Tartan

"The Clan Gunn may have been the descendants of a Viking pirate. Their ancestral territory lay in Caithness and Sunderland. The MacKays were near neighbours of the Gunns and their tartans resemble each other"




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The Lamont Ancient tartan
The Lamont, Ancient Tartan

"The Clan Lamont is one of great antiquity and held considerable lands in Argyllshire which were later clans. An early name of the clan was Clan 'ic Fhearchair (MacKeracher).



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The Logan tartan
The Logan Tartan

"The ancient version of “the Logan tartan was first recorded in 1831. A much earlier tartan, which was at one time known as Logan, now has the name Skene instead.”




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The MacDougall tartan
The MacDougal Tartan

"The Scottish Tartan Society archives contain 13 MacDougall setts.
Like the MacDonalds, the MacDougalls were descended from Somerled, King of the Isles, through that monarch's eldest son, Dugall."




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The MacGregor  tartan
The MacGregor Tartan

"The ancient version of “the Logan tartan was first recorded in 1831. A much earlier tartan, which was at one time known as Logan, now has the name Skene instead.”




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The MacIver tartan
The MacIver Tartan

"The Clan MacIver, whose forbearers were Vikings, were associated with Clan Campbell.
Lacking a hunting tartan themselves, the MacIvers wear the MacArthur hunting tartan."




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The MacNab modern  tartan
The MacNab Tartan

"The MacNab tartan has an identical structure to the Black Watch, but with colours changed— crimson in place of black, green for blue and scarlet for green.”

“The MacNabs claim descent from the abbots of Glendochart in Perthshire, where their chief lands were located for many centuries.”




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The Logan tartan
The MacNeill Tartan

"The MacNeill clan tartan was known in 1819, but was not recorded until 1886. Though it resembles the Campbell of Argyll tartan, there is a subtle difference: the white stripe is on the green, rather than the blue.”




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The Munro tartan
The Munro Tartan

"In early versions of this Munro tartan, around 1810, the crimson was replaced by bright pink. The Munros used the Black Watch as their hunting tartan."




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The Newfoundland tartan
The Newfoundland Tartan

"Designed in 1972 by Louis Anderson, the Newfoundland Tartan reflects one of the province’s industries, forestry and Ode to Newfoundland explains the yellow and white:

When Sun-rays crown the pine-clad hills,
And Summer spreads her hand,
When silvern voices tune thy rills,
We love thee, smiling land….
When spreads thy cloak of shimm’ring white,
At Winter’s stern command,
Thro’ shortened day, and starlit night,
We love thee, frozen land."




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The Nova Scotia  tartan
The Nova Scotia Tartan

"The Nova Scotia tartan was designed by Mrs. Douglas Murray, President of the Halifax Weavers’ Guild. She based her design on the blue, white and yellow of the provincial flag."




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The Red Scott tartan
The Scott Tartan

"This Scott tartan was first recorded after 1930 and became known as the Red Scott. The black and white Scott tartan was recorded in 1850 and was attributed to the novelist, Sir Walter Scott. Clan Scott was among the mightiest of the Border clans."




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The Sinclair Red tartan
The Sinclair Red Tartan

"The Sinclair clan tartan was first recorded in 1831. This tartan was worn in a painting by Alexander Sinclair, 13th Earl of Caithness (1790-1858). The hamlet of St.-Clair-sur-Elle from which the Clan Sinclair took its name, reflects their Norman origins."




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The Stewart Dress tartan
The Stewart, Dress Tartan

"Clan Stewart is the clan of the royal house of Scotland."
"The Stewarts, who were to ultimately become the Scots royal family, had Norman origins."




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The Stewart Green tartan
The Stewart, Green Tartan

"An early version of the Stewart tartan in 1819, was dark green and called the Prince Regent.
A later King George VI, (1936 - 1952), had another special version named the Green Strwart"




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The Stewart Royal tartan
The Stewart, Royal Tartan

"The Royal Stewart tartan has always had a special status and only members of the British royal family have the right to wear it.
Presently, it is the personal tartan of Queen Elizabeth II"




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The Victoria tartan
The Victoria Tartan

This tartan is very similar to the Dress Stewart tartan except for the vertical and horizontal red stripes passing through the white areas. It was designed by Queen Victoria to be used in decorating her residence, Balmoral House (later rebuilt as Balmoral Castle). The castle was also decorated in the Balmoral tartan which was designed by her husband, Prince Albert.




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The Wallace  tartan
The Wallace Tartan

"The Wallace clan tartan was first recorded in 1842, in the Vestiarium Scoticum. Waleis or Wallensis, which became the name of Wallace, meant ‘foreigner’, but in Scotland it indicated the name of an ancient Briton who lived in Strathclyde."




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