Famous Family Tartan

Summary of Famous Family Tartan
  • Armstrong ~ Neil
  • Carmichael ~ Hoagy
  • Carnegie ~ Andrew
  • Hepburn ~ Audrey
  • Robertson ~ Grandma Moses

Neil Armstrong ~ astronaut, test pilot, veteran of the Korean War. First person to set foot on our moon.

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Armstrong clan tartan #WR793r

The Armstrongs claim descent from the Fairgairn, who were armour bearers to the Kings of Scotland. They were granted land in The Borders. There is a reference to The Border Clans as early as 1587. This grant resulted from a ‘great feat of strength in rescuing the King when his horse was killed under him in the midst of battle’. The Armstrongs met at Tourneyholm in Liddesdale in 1979, for the first time in 400 years.

Hoagy Carmichael ~ American pianist and composer, wrote Stardust

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Carmichael tartan #WR1078

This sample was sealed in 1907 by The Carmichael of Artherstone. The Carmichaels are associated with the Stewarts of Appin and with the MacDougalls as MacMichaels.

Andrew Carnegie ~ an 1848 immigrant to American, he became a philanthropist who gave his wealth away establishing schools, universities, and free libraries.

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Carnegie family tartan #WR489r

WR489r is a variant of the MacDonell of Glengarry, in which the white becomes yellow. Thought to have been adopted by the Earl of Southesk, an activist in the 1715 Jacobite Rising.

Carnegie clan tartan #WR497r

Carnegie family tartan #WR1153r

WR1153r was woven by Robert Mitchell, a Scot weaving in Dublin c. 1840

Carnegie dress family tartan #WR1869r

Produced by Hugh MacPherson, a kiltmaker in Edinburgh, WR1869r intended for dancing and other informal occasions.

Audrey Hepburn ~ American actress, a lady of great class

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, set the fashion standards of the early 1960's. Her great-grandmother was Kathleen Hepburn, descendant of the Scottish consort James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, best known for his marriage to Mary, Queen of Scots, as her third husband. The Hepburn’s have not one, but two, famous family tartan.

Hepburn family tartan #WR34r

Hepburn family tartan #WR1381r

Anna Mary Robertson Moses ~ better known as Grandma Moses, an American Folk Art painter. She began painting in her seventies, when her arthritic hands could no longer do embroidery.

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Robertson tartans ~The Robertsons claim descent from Donnachaidh Reamhair, the Celtic Earl of Atholl, who led the clan at the battle of Bannockburn.

Robertson clan tartan #WR299r

An ancient sett resembling the Athol Murray, but only used by Robertsons of the North. Among samples collected between 1810 and 1815. Also called Robertson Hunting.

Robertson hunting clan tartan #WR334r

An unmarked sample from the MacGregor-Hastie Collection, dating between 1930 and 1950.

Robertson hunting clan tartan #WR336r

Introduced by H. Whyte in 1906 as part of the Dress and Hunting Clan Tartans.

Robertson of Struan clan tartan #WR530r

An unmarked sample from the MacGregor-Hastie Collection, dating between 1930 and 1950.

Robertson dress clan tartan #WR539r

Robertson clan tartan #WR841r

A well-documented Robertson tartan, not from the Vestiarium Scoticum which was published in 1842.

Robertson of Struan clan tartan #WR887r

Delivered to the Highland Society of London between 1815 and 1821 by the chief of the Robertson Clan, as their official sample.

Carnegie dress family tartan #WR1869r

Robertson clan tartan #WR893r ~ said to have been presented by Bonnie Prince Charlie to a Robertson during the 1745 Jacobite Rising.

Robertson clan tartan #WR391r

Using Logan’s count from The Scottish Gael, published in 1831, without white. The oldest Robertson tartan has a white line.

Robertson curtain artifact from Dunalastair #WR1494r

Robertson clan tartan #WR1501r

James Logan recorded this sett in Scottish Gael in 1831, using blue where the purple occurs in this Wilson sett.

Robertson trade tartan #WR1502r

An unmarked sample from the MacGregor-Hastie Collection, dating between 1930 and 1950.

Robertson clan tartan #WR1803r

From “The Clans of the Highlands of Scotland, 1850, by T. Smibert

Robertson dress hunting clan tartan #WR1804r

Robertson clan tartan #WR2003r

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