Famous Historic Tartans

Summary of Famous Historic Tartans
  • Braveheart
  • Robert Burns
  • Carolina
  • Gipsy
  • Flora MacDonald
  • Meg Merrilees
  • Robin Hood/Rob Roy
  • Rob Roy
  • Sir Walter Scott


Braveheart Warrior Tartan WR2231

Braveheart Warrior Dress Universal Tartan WR2236

Braveheart Warrior Hunting Universal WR2237

Robert Burns

Burns Check Tartan 1736

Burns Heritage Check Tartan 2206

Based on a fragment from a coat of the Royal Company of Archers, dated c.1730. Believed to be the same sett used for the wedding ribbons of Charles II in 1661.

Carolina Tartan WR1377

Supposedly the name and design came from James MacPherson, composer of 'MacPhersons Rant, and a well known free-booter. He claimed to be the natural son of MacPherson of Invereshee by a gypsy woman.

Gipsy Fancy Tartan WR1137

Flora MacDonald

Flora Macdonald Dancing Trade Tartan WR2257

Designed for Highland Dancers at the Aboyne Highland games 3rd August 1996. This is the first tartan on Tartan Register to have the suffix 'dancing'

Flora MacDonald Portrait Tartan WR1404

Flora MacDonald Plaid Artifact Tartan WR217

Meg Merrilees
A character in one of Sir Walter Scott’s novels. She was a Gypsy woman in Guy Mannering (1815), who helped the young hero to regain his inheritance and win his bride. An enterprising weaver decided to capitalize on the popularity of the book, by designing a new tartan and naming it after her. It evidently met with some success, for a sample of it, handwoven in silk, has survived from the 1840’s. By the early 20th century, however, when details of the novel were no longer so well known, the design appeared in catalogues as a family tartan, listed simply as ‘Merrilees’.

Meg Merilees Tartan WR1602

Robin Hood/Rob Roy

Robin Hood/Rob Roy Hunting Fancy Tartan WR785

Rob Roy

Rob Roy Clan Tartan WR1504

Sir Walter ScottSir Walter Scott designed this tartan for his own use in 1822. He wore it in private, in the form of a Lowland shepherd's plaid.

Sir Walter Scott Personal Tartan WR1826

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