Scott Adie Pattern Book

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Sources of the Tartans

Matthew Newsome, GTS, ©2005

This is not a history of tartan. This is not a history of the kilt, or of Highland dress. Nor will I address the histories of individual tartans. If you are expecting to discover the origins of your particular clan tartan, you will be disappointed. What I hope to address is a very important, yet often ignored, aspect of tartan’s history. This is a brief history, an overview, of how tartans have been recorded. So when you seek out information on the origins of a particular tartan, you will know when, how, and by whom the tartans will have been recorded and preserved throughout their history. Read More >