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 A little about tartans...

The Gaelic word for tartan is breacan, meaning chequered. A tartan sett is the elemental pattern, which is represented by its thread count. It is believed that tartans used several centuries ago were simple checks of 2 or 3 colors obtained from dye-producing plants, roots, berries and trees found in the districts were the tartans were woven. These simple tartans were worn by those inhabiting that district.  Typically the districts were inhabited by kinsmen, so the district tartans were in effect, Clan tartans and probably gave rise to them. Chemical dyes enlarged the color range and more elaborate patterns evolved. It is believed that branches of larger clans slightly altered the pattern of their parent clan. Tartan antiquity has never been doubted, but critics agree that the wearing of a clan tartan as we see today dates back no earlier than the late 18th century. Literary sources reveal that clansmen typically wore the tartan of their chief. Following the Battle of Culloden in 1746, an Act of  Parliament made the wearing of tartan a penal offense.  The act was repealed in 1782.  By then, much of the knowledge of weaving had been lost. A tartan revival took place in 1822 with a visit from King George IV to Edinburgh, who suggested the people should attend functions wearing their respective tartans. Unfortunately, many 'original' tartans were then created. The publication of Vestiarium Scoticum in 1842 helped to augment the number of spurious tartans. Tartans are now registered with the Lord Lyon. Tartans are categorized by their purposed. Clan Tartans are for general use. The terms "ancient" and "modern" are misleading , which only indicate the colored shades.  Dress Tartans were originally worn by the ladies, who preferred lighter colors and have also been mislead as simply lighter weight tartans.  Mourning Tartans were worn for such a purpose. They were generally black and white. Hunting Tartans are worn for sport and outdoor activities. They are mostly muted and contain earth colors. Chiefs' Tartans are personal tartans for a chief and his immediate family. District Tartans are probably the oldest and can be worn by residents of that area.  Royal tartans and Military tartans should only be worn by their respective members.

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Below are the major MacArthur Tartans. Feel free to copy these onto your computer. These images make nice adornments to your letterheads. Also consider the crest in your letterheads. Click here to go to the crest page.

MacArthur Tartan - Ancient Single Line

1100 Vestiarium Scoticum

 

Thread Count K32 G6 K12 G30 Y3         

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Click here to download a tartan screensaver, suitable for Windows 98 or higher. Once you open the file, right-click on the image and select "save picture as" and save onto your computer.  Then retrieve the image into your screensaver wizard under "3D Flying Objects." Click your "back" button to return to this page.

 

MacArthur Tartan - Modern Single Line

 

Thread Count K32 G6 K12 G30 Y3

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MacArthur Tartan - Ancient Double Line

959 Source: Highland Society of London c. 1815

 

Thread Count K30 G4 K8 G36 Y4 G36           

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MacArthur of Milton (Hunting)

700 Source: Wilson's '1823' Sample Book

 

Thread Count G28  B4  G4  K16  P18  K4

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MacArthur Animated Tartan Flag

Animated Tartan Globe

 

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These make nice inserts as headers on your emails.

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