Generally one would wear the tartan
of the Clan that you belong to. For those without a Clan there are a number of
District Tartans that can be used or the "Hunting Stewart", a green tartan with
black, yellow and red overstripes which has served as the "universal" Scottish
tartan. Individuals with no clan or family tartan should be encouraged to wear a
district tartan appropriate to a locale of origin, residence or affection. The
accompanying cap badge can be any with a Scottish theme, perhaps the cross of St. Andrew,
a thistle or the badge of a particular county or city. Note that the sash should be worn as it pertains to what side is proper.
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The "Canadian Centennial Tartan" serves as a "national" tartan for all
South Americans may consider the "Cochrane" tartan in honour of the naval hero
who founded the navies of several nations (Brazil, Argentina and Chile).
The "Australia" tartan
Spaniards with Celtic roots may choose the "Galicia" tartan. Tartan have been
designed for the northern provinces of Spain and it is believed the "Jacobite"
tartan had its origins in Barcelona and is an approporiate choice for Catalans.
The Duke of Wellington began his Peninsular campaign from Portugal so the
"Wellington" tartan is a good choice.
The French supported the Stuart cause for decades and the "Jacobite" tartan is a
wise choice. French regulars fought to the last at Culloden Moor after the clans had
broken and the "Culloden" tartan would honour those brave soldiers.
Austrians could choose the "Leslie" tartan to remember the Scottish expatriate
soldier who rose to become a general in the Hapsburg army.
Prince Albert, lover of the Highlands and himself a tartan designer, was a German.
The "Coburg" tartan was designed to commemorate the Prince Consort and is
an attractive choice.
The "Dutch" tartan simultaneously represents the House of Orange and the
MacKay family who have been prominent citizens of both Scotland and the Netherlands for
Russians might choose the "Muskoka" or the "Gordon" in honour
of the Scottish general who modernized the army of Peter the Great.
The "Munro" and "MacKay" tartans are appropriate to represent
the thousands of mercenary Scots from those clans who served the Swedish Kings.
The "Prince Charles Edward Stuart" tartan is a good choice. Bonnie
Prince Charley was born, lived most of his life, died and is buried in Rome.
The information on this page came from
"Tartan For Me!" by Philip D Smith, Heritage Books, Inc. ISBN 0-7884-0137-8. Click here
to order the book!
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