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Wearing the Tartan
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The Hunting Stewart Tartan 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. Click here for information on getting measured for a kilt.

District Tartans


Aberdeen
Angus
Applecross
Argyll
Arran
Atholl
Ayrshire
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Blair Logie
Buchan
Caithness
Carrick
Crieff
Culloden
Cumbernauld
Deeside
Drumlithie
Dunbar
Dunblane
Dundee
East Kilbride
Edinburgh
Eglinton
Ettrick
Falkirk
Fife
Ft. William
Gala Water
Galloway
Glasgow
Glen Lyon
Glen Orchy
Glen Tilt
Glen Trool
Huntly
Inverary
Inverness
Largs
Lennox
Lochaber
Loch Laggan
Loch Rannoch
Lorne
Mar
Mentieth
Moffat
MontroseMull
Musselburgh
NithsdalePaisley
Perthshire
Rothesay
Roxburgh
St. Andrews
Stirling & Bannockburn
Stratthclyde
Strathearn
Strathspey
Sutherland
Tweedside
Tyneside

Tartans for Non-Scots


United States
There is a little known tartan designed for all citizens of the United States, the "America".
The America Tartan
Canada
The "Canadian Centennial Tartan" serves as a "national" tartan for all Canadians.
The Canadian Centenial Tartan
South America
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 Cochrane Tartan
Australia
The "Australia" tartan
The Australia Tartan
Spain
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 Jacobite Tartan

Portugal
The Duke of Wellington began his Peninsular campaign from Portugal so the "Wellington" tartan is a good choice.

The Wellington Tartan

France
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.

The Jacobite Tartan

The Culloden Tartan

Austria
Austrians could choose the "Leslie" tartan to remember the Scottish expatriate soldier who rose to become a general in the Hapsburg army.

The Leslie Tartan

Germany
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 Netherlands
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 many generations.

The Dutch Tartan

Russia
Russians might choose the "Muskoka" or the "Gordon" in honour of the Scottish general who modernized the army of Peter the Great.

The Muskoka Tartan

The Gordon Tartan

Scandinavia
The "Munro" and "MacKay" tartans are appropriate to represent the thousands of mercenary Scots from those clans who served the Swedish Kings.

The Munro Tartan

The MacKay Tartan

Italy
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.

Prince Charles Edward Stuart Tartan


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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