August 30, 2009

The Scottish Tartan developed fully after Culloden when the Clan System had been crushed.. During the period in history from 1746 to 1782 the kilt and tartan were prohibited. Like the Jacobite songs, the Tartan provided an outlet for national sentiment and tartans distinguishing different main clans and families became popular. Prior to that, dating back to the time of Julius Caesar, the Romans were taken by the celts use of bright colour. The earliest type of tartan was attached to districts rather than to a clan.

Besides it’s value as an emblem of a clan, regiment, or country the tartan has two main uses; a colour used as an inspiration for the clansmen and/or as a camouflage worn on the moores. It was when this became ineffective that a second or third tartan such as the “Hunting” or the “Dress” tartan made its appearance.

Today, it seems, everyone wears a tartan of their choosing however, here is a general rule of thumb.A Scot by descent should wear the tartan of his fathers clan, family, or sept orthe tartan of his mother, his wife, or of the district he derives from.
For Scots who have not been associated with a recognized clan and wish to express their appreciation for the tartan there are some clans that seem to welcome the tribute shown them. To name a few Clan MacDonald or Clan Gordon. : There are also the Stewart and Jacobite tartans as well as district tartans that can be worn.
From Scots Kith and Kin


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