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Tartan Research

Below are links to a number of research articles that I hope will enable those with a deeper interest in the history of tartan to read into areas of the subject in greater detail. The articles, which are copyright, are my own work/opinion and other may differ in their interpretation of particular facts. My observations and conclusions are based on over 35 years of study and are as logical and accurate in light of present knowledge. 



A Regional Motif in old tartans from Appin and Lorn

Cockburn Collection

Joined Plaids - Settings & Construction

Musings on the Arisaid and other female dress

Proscription - Tartan Ban: Fact or Fiction

Selvedge Marks on early Military Tartan

Selvedge Techniquies

Sett Sticks - Fact or Fiction

The Use of Colour in Tartan


42nd Band Tartan

64th Regt - Loudoun's Highlanders

78th Regt - Fraser's Highlanders

79th Regt - Cameron Highlanders - the original setting



Cameron of Lochiel

Crieff with Drab

Culloden - A Reappraisal

Dalrymple of Castleton


Fraser of Struy - A Reconstruction

Glenorchy - the original setting

Inverness, Earl of


Lord of the Isles

MacColl, Origins of

MacDonald of Borrodale

MacDonald of Belfinlay (Clanranald Red or Full Dress)

MacDonald of Glenaladale

MacDonald of Glencoe

MacDonald of Kingsburgh

MacDonnell of Keppoch

MacDougall - the original setting

MacGregor Black and Red (Rob Roy)

MacRae of Ardintoul

Murray of Ochtertyre

Murray of Tullibardine - Early Use of

Murray of Tullibardine - a Reappraisal

Rothesay, Duke of

Royal Company of Archers

The Prince's Own - Lumsden: An Error in Translation

Stewart of Fingask - Fact or Fiction



A Highland Revival Kilt made from an Old Plaid

A Jacobite Era Coat from Forfarshire

A Jacobite Era Highland Suit

An early Highland Revival Coat c1780-85

An 18th Century Barred Blanket

An 18th Century Maclaine Plaid

Ancient Caledonia Society Coat c1786

Barred Blanket at Blair Castle

Barred Blanket Initialled CY & dated 1726

Crubin Plaid, The

Culloden House Bed Hangings

Glen Affric specimen - A unique survivor

Isabella MacTavish's Wedding Dress c1785 - A Reappraisal

MacDuff Kilt c1800-20

MacGregor - Highland Revival Drawstring Plaid

Plaid given to the Countess of Eglinton by Pr Ch Ed

Portion of joined plaiding - Pr Ch Ed tartan

Plaid given to Lady MacKintosh of Moy Hall by Pr Ch Ed

Portion of a Plaid - MacGregor of Glengyle?

Strathspey Volunteers Waistcoat - A Re-used Plaid

Tartan of an Unnamed Jacobite Lady

Two old Plaids found in Nova Scotia

Unnamed C18th Plaid - dated 1748

Unnamed C18th Plaid - dated 1775

Unnamed C18th Plaiding - dated 1780 Maj Grant

Unnamed C18th Plaid - dated 1785

Unnamed C18th Plaid - dated 1796


Unnamed C18th Plaiding #1

Unnamed C18th Plaiding #2

Unnamed C18th Jacobite Plaid from Carlisle

Unnamed C18th Plaid from Bridge of Cally

Unnamed C18th Plaid from Dunollie

Unnamed C18th Plaid from Glenbuchat

Unnamed C18th Plaid from Nethybridge

Unnamed C19th Plaid attributed to Flora MacDonald

Unnamed Plaid from Prince Edward Isle #2

Unnamed C18th Plaid - Wilsons' (Aberdeen?)

Unnamed_C18th_Plaid - Wilsons' Fancy sett

Wilsons of Bannockburn's specimens in old sample books

Sponsored Research

There is such a lot still to do with literally dozens of pieces of tartan, clothing, plaids and portraits still to be examined. If you would like to help preserve Scotland's unique tartan heritage you might like to sponsor a particular project by helping to defray the costs of travel, access etc then please contact me.