List of tartans

This is a list of tartans from around the world. The examples shown below are generally emblematic of a particular association. However, for each clan or family, there are often numerous other official or unofficial variations. There are also innumerable tartan designs that are not affiliated with any group, but were simply created for aesthetic reasons.

British noble and regimental tartansEdit

Tartans in this section are those of the current or former British royal family, of individual British nobility members, and of British military regiments that use traditional Scottish attire, mostly Highland regiments.

Image Association Origin Country Notes
  House of Stuart/Stewart Highlands Clans, Scottish royalty Scotland The Royal Stuart (or Royal Stewart) tartan, first published in 1831, is the best-known tartan of the royal House of Stuart/Stewart, and is one of the most recognizable tartans. Today, it is worn by the regimental pipers of the Black Watch, Scots Guards, and Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, among other official and organisational uses. It is commonly worn by the general public as general British symbol, though in theory it is the individual property of Elizabeth II.
  House of Stuart/Stewart Highland clans, Scottish royalty Scotland Another "royal" tartan of the House of Stuart/Stewart. It was referred to by George V as "my personal tartan",[This quote needs a citation] though it appears in the Vestiarium Scoticum at least 23 years before his birth. While the work's historical claims have been shown to be spurious, it described the design as the "clanne Stewart tartan", and the work was popular, so the tartan would have been familiar before George's birth in 1865. It is worn officially today by the regimental pipers of the Scots Guards, and remain in common civilian use as a Stewart/Stuart clan tartan.

For additional Stuart/Stewart tartans, see the Clan Stuart entry below.

  Duke of Rothesay Highland clans; Scottish royalty Scotland The individual tartan of the Duke of Rothesay, a dynastic title of the heir-apparent to the British (and formerly separate Scottish) throne; currently Prince Charles.
  Black Watch British military; roots among the Highland clans Scotland This is officially used by: the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 Scots); Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment); and the former 42nd Regiment of Foot. The tartan is also among the most common in civilian use, especially popular for evening-wear, owing to its muted tones.
  William Hamilton, 2nd Duke of Hamilton Lowlands, Scottish nobility Scotland

UK military or Government tartansEdit

A number of tartans, worn by UK military units, are known as Government tartans, and are defined in a Standard[1] currently maintained by Defence Equipment and Support within the Ministry of Defence. They are known by a number, a name, or both. The commonest are Government 1, Black Watch; Government 1A, a slightly lighter form of Black Watch worn by the Royal Regiment of Scotland; and Royal Stewart.

The following list includes those Government tartans worn by UK military units as from the creation of the Royal Regiment of Scotland in 2006 onwards. Other units wear a named clan tartan without it being defined by this standard, e.g. 32nd (Scottish) Signal Regiment and the pipers of the Royal Corps of Signals wear Grant, and the tartan of 154 (Scottish) Regiment Royal Logistics Corps is MacDuff. For the Royal Regiment of Scotland, the pipes and drums in each battalion wear the uniform of their antecedent regiment (as listed below) for ceremonial purposes, but the Regiment's standard Government 1A for non-ceremonial purposes.[2]

Image Number Name Current units worn by
  1 Black Watch 3 SCOTS drummers (inherited from The Black Watch)
  1A Sutherland Royal Regiment of Scotland, including Band and 7 SCOTS drummers (inherited from Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)
[citation needed] 4 Cameron of Erracht 4 SCOTS pipers and drummers (inherited from The Highlanders pipers and drummers)
  5A MacKenzie 2 SCOTS Drum Major (inherited from Royal Highland Fusiliers and Highland Light Infantry)
  6 Douglas Royal Gurkha Rifles pipers
7 Leslie Former 1 SCOTS drummers (inherited from King's Own Scottish Borderers)
8 Hunting Stewart 1 SCOTS Drum major (inherited from The Royal Scots)
[3] 11 Red Erskine 2 SCOTS pipers and drummers
  Royal Stewart Former 1 SCOTS pipers

3 SCOTS pipers

7 SCOTS pipers

Scots Guards pipers

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards pipers

[4] Hunting Rose Royal Tank Regiment pipes and drums, and officers in black tie

Note: 1 SCOTS Pipers and Drummers were disbanded in 2021.

Scottish clan tartansEdit

The tartans in this list are those ascribed to particular clans of Scotland, including Highland, Lowland, Isles, and Borders clans. Their status varies widely; armigerous clans generally accept them, while some have been officially adopted or rejected by a clan chiefs.

Image Association Origin Country Notes
  Armstrong Borders clans Scotland
  Barclay Lowland clans Scotland
  Brodie Lowland clans Scotland
  Bruce Lowland clans Scotland
  Buchanan Highland clans Scotland
  Cameron Highland clans Scotland
  Campbell Highland clans Scotland This is the so called "Old Campbell" which is a lightened form of the Black Watch regimental tartan, adopted by Clan Campbell


  Chisholm Highland clans Scotland
  Colquhoun Lowland clans Scotland
  Comyn Lowland clans Scotland
  Cranstoun / Cranston Borders clans Scotland
  Crawford Lowland clans Scotland
  Cunningham Lowland clans Scotland
  Davidson Highland Clans Scotland Most popular tartan of the Clan Davidson.
  Douglas Lowland clans Scotland
  Drummond Lowland clans Scotland
  Dunbar Lowland clans Scotland
  Dundas Lowland clans Scotland
  Erskine Lowland clans Scotland
  Farquharson Highland clans Scotland Based on the Black Watch tartan.
  Forbes Highland clans Scotland
  Fraser Lowland clans Scotland
  Gordon Borders clans Scotland
  Graham Borders clans Scotland
  Grant Highland clans[5] Scotland
  Gunn Highland clans Scotland
  Hamilton Lowland clans Scotland
  Hay Lowland clans Scotland
  Home Borders clans Scotland
  Johnstone / Johnston / MacIan Borders clans Scotland Sometimes also rendered Johnson, though this surnames often has non-Scottish origins.
  Kerr Borders clans Scotland
  Lamont Highland clans Scotland
  Lauder Lowland clans Scotland
  Leslie Lowland clans Scotland
  Lindsay Lowland clans Scotland
  MacArthur Highland clans Scotland
  MacDonald Highland clans Scotland
  MacDonald of Clanranald Highland clans Scotland
  MacDougall Highland clans Scotland
  MacDuff Highland clans Scotland
  MacGregor Highland clans Scotland
  MacFarlane Highland clans Scotland
  MacIntyre Highland clans Scotland
  MacKay Highland clans Scotland
  Mackenzie Highland clans Scotland
  Mackinnon Highland clans Scotland
  Mackintosh Highland clans Scotland
  MacLachlan Highland clans Scotland
  MacLaren Highland clans Scotland [6]
  MacLean Highland clans Scotland
  MacLeod Highland clans Scotland
  Macnab Highland clans Scotland
  MacNeil Highland clans Scotland , but not recognized by the current chief as a clan tartan.
  Macneil of Barra Highland clans Scotland One of two official tartans of the Clan Macneil.
  Macneil of Colonsay Highland clans Scotland One of two official tartans of the Clan Macneil.
  MacNicol / Nicolson / MacNeacail Isle of Skye Scotland Called MacNicol or Nicolson tartan
  Macpherson Highland clans Scotland
  MacQuarrie Highlands Scotland
  Macqueen Highland clans Scotland
  Macqueen Scotland Image shows both Macqueen tartan setts. The black-red-yellow is better known while the blue-red-yellow is considered to be an "artifact variant".
  MacTavish / Thompson Highlands Scotland
  Maxwell Borders clans Scotland
  Menzies Highland clans Scotland
  Montgomery Lowland clans Scotland
  Munro Highland clans Scotland
  Muir Highlands Scotland California State tartan, seen below, is based upon this pattern.
  Murray Highlands Scotland
  Ogilvy / Ogilvie Lowland clans Scotland
  Oliphant Lowland clans Scotland
  Ramsay Lowland clans Scotland
  Robertson Highland clans Scotland
  Rose Highland clans Scotland
  Ruthven Lowland clans Scotland
  Scott Borders clans Scotland
  Seton Lowland clans Scotland
  Sinclair Lowland clans Scotland
  Stewart/Stuart Highland clans Scotland For additional Stewart/Stuart tartans, see Royal Stuart, above.
  Sutherland Highland clans Scotland
  Urquhart Lowland clans Scotland
  Wallace Lowland clans Scotland This pattern dates back to 1842. It is also known as "Wallace Dress" or "Wallace Red", and is used on the 3M brand Scotch tape.
  Wemyss Lowland clans Scotland
  Wood Lowland clans Scotland Incorporates the colors of the Duke of Fife and Angus district tartans – areas with which the Woods are historically connected.[7]

Scottish non-clan family tartansEdit

Tartans in this list are ascribed to specific families or surnames, though not to Scottish clans; they range in date from 21st century to considerably older.

Image Association Origin Country Notes
  McCandlish Loch Lomond area, Wigtownshire, and Ayrshire Scotland Registered with STA in 1992 (no. 3324) and STR in 2009 (no. 5216). Also exists in green, grey, and arisaid (white-field) variants.[8]
  McPhee Colonsay Scotland
  Oliver Borders area Scotland
  Park Scotland

Non-Scottish family tartansEdit

These are (mostly modern) tartans created for families without a direct connection to Scotland.


See Cornish kilts and tartans § Family tartans.

Organisational tartansEdit

Tartans in this list are modern ones pertaining to particular commercial, non-profit, and military organisations. (For the Highland regiments, see above.)

Image Association Origin Country Notes
  Burberry Check Company design England Created in the 1920s, this pattern is known as the "Burberry check". It was originally used as a lining in the company's trench coats.
  US Air Force Reserve Pipe Band Strathmore Woollen Company United States Adopted by the band in the early 1990s. Although it has no official US Military recognition, it has been widely accepted by US servicemen with Air Force connections. Originally created in 1988 as Lady Jane of St Cirus. A variation of this is named US Forces Thurso.
  DunBroch/Merida Disney United States Created for the 2012 film Brave

Regional tartansEdit

Tartans in these lists were created (mostly in modern times) for particular national and sub-national jurisdictions, most often officially, though with some exceptions.


See Regional tartans of Canada.


See Cornish kilts and tartans § National tartans.

United StatesEdit

See List of U.S. state tartans.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Technical Specification for Cloth, Tartan, Various. UK/SC/6335 Issue 05" (PDF). 15 August 2014.
  2. ^ "The Royal Regiment of Scotland Dress Regulations Part 2" (PDF).
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  5. ^ "Tartan dresses".
  6. ^ "The Clan MacLaren Society - History".
  7. ^ "Tartan Display". Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Search results: McCandlish". Scottish Register of Tartans. 2020. Archived from the original on 14 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.

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