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.
|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.|
|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 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.
|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)|
|||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)|
|||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
|||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.
|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
|Cranstoun / Cranston||Borders clans||Scotland|
|Davidson||Highland Clans||Scotland||Most popular tartan of the Clan Davidson.|
|Farquharson||Highland clans||Scotland||Based on the Black Watch tartan.|
|Johnstone / Johnston / MacIan||Borders clans||Scotland||Sometimes also rendered Johnson, though this surnames often has non-Scottish origins.|
|MacDonald of Clanranald||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|
|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|
|Muir||Highlands||Scotland||California State tartan, seen below, is based upon this pattern.|
|Ogilvy / Ogilvie||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.|
|Wood||Lowland clans||Scotland||Incorporates the colors of the Duke of Fife and Angus district tartans – areas with which the Woods are historically connected.|
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.
|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.|
Non-Scottish family tartansEdit
These are (mostly modern) tartans created for families without a direct connection to Scotland.
Tartans in this list are modern ones pertaining to particular commercial, non-profit, and military organisations.
|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|
Tartans in these lists were created (mostly in modern times) for particular national and sub-national jurisdictions, most often officially, though with some exceptions.
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