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What are “Custom Design” tartans?
Nick Fiddes 21 Jun 2016

Tartans described as Custom Designs in our Tartan and Fabric Finder are not officially recorded but have been informally created by users of our free online Tartan Designer facility. Please read the following points carefully before ordering a Custom Design tartan....

Video: DC Dalgliesh tartan mill
Admin User 23 Jun 2016

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Tartans: family or group names
Admin User 23 Jun 2016

The first way in which we organise and sub-divide our huge choice of tartans is by Family Name. But note that the word ‘family’ here could refer to almost any form of grouping....

Tartans: setts or patterns
Admin User 23 Jun 2016

Any tartan Family Name can have a number of different Setts (or patterns) sometimes associated with different occasions (though there is no rule limiting their wear to these occasions!). For example, many clans have a ‘Hunting‘ tartan and a ‘Dress‘ tartan in addi......

Tartans: palette, colourways, or shades
Admin User 23 Jun 2016

A tartan is defined by its unique “sett” - a pattern of criss-cross lines of various widths in particular colours. These colours are traditionally recorded quite loosely, such as “dark green”. This leaves plenty of room for interpretation! Over the years, tartan weavers h......

Tartans: locality
Admin User 23 Jun 2016

Most tartans are associated with a different nationality. So we classify them by locality, to help you find ones appropriate to your own roots. To be shown only your local tartans, select this option in theAdvanced Search of our Tartan Finder. (This can be combined with other filte......

Tartan Searches - direct matches
Nick Fiddes 21 Jun 2016

If you search our tartan finder for a name, the first results to be displayed will be any direct matches for that name in our database.  ...

Tartan Searches - historically related
Nick Fiddes 21 Jun 2016

Traditionally, tartans have been worn not just by people sharing the same family name, but also by many other families living in the same area or who gave allegiance to the same clan chief or other authority. ...

Tartan Searches - closest match
Nick Fiddes 21 Jun 2016

If the name you have searched for does not appear anywhere in our database, and there is no name with just a letter or two different, we will list the closest matches that do appear in our lists. This may sometimes help if your name is related but spelled quite differently....

What is the Scottish Register of Tartans?
Nick Fiddes 21 Jun 2016

Established by the Scottish Register of Tartans Act 2008, the Scottish Register of Tartans (not to be confused with the old Scottish Tartans Authority) is the official registrar and archive of tartan patterns. Anyone can register a new tartan design, provided that it is unique and legitimate. You......

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