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Douglas 'Blue' Tartan - or Ancient Green   Ancient Dress Tartan
Grey - 1842 sett    Regimental Tartan - as worn by the Cameronians
Douglas tartan   Douglas tartan - weathered
I have not been able to identify this version of our tartan - does it have a name?   Douglas - 'weathered'
Douglas tartan   Douglas tartan - Ancient
Primarily forest green with dark blue, accented with checks of black, royal blue and white.   The 'Ancient' Douglas tartan
Douglas Hunting tartan   Red Douglas skirt
The Hunting tartan   Red Douglas skirt 
ancient dress tartan   douglas tartan
This is a trade sett called "Ancient Dress Douglas" marketed by West Coast Woollen Co, Vancouver since 1981. The sample in the Scottish Tartans Society archive has grey, which could be interpreted as green.   This Douglas tartan first appeared in Wilson's 1819 list as no.184 and the name 'Douglas' was certainly attached to it by 1880 when it appeared in Clans Originaux as Douglas Hunting
alternative thread count   Douglas of Roxburgh
This is a variation on the accepted Douglas Clan/Family tartan.   Douglas of Roxburgh; registered and associated with the name Douglas



Tartan is associated the world over with the kilt, the national dress of Scotland, and the history of both goes hand in hand. Tartan is a material that can be woven from many colours, and originally it was a sort of 'uniform', the distinguishing feature of the many clans in the Highlands and islands of Scotland. Although there are various forms of tartan or clan 'uniforms', so to speak, throughout the world, the origins of the clans of Scotland and their distinctive tartan dress can be traced as far back as the middle of the 5th Century to Ireland, where the Scots originated. And to this day, these origins are still wrapped in debate and controversy.


Regimental Tartans -
Douglas - Worn by the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles 26th & 90th Foot). The first Colonel of the Regiment was called Graham which would have been their preferred choice of Tartan but was not sanctioned.
Also worn by Witwatersrand Rifles, South West Africa and by Natal Mounted Rifles (South Africa).

Wearing the tartan
I would like to include photographs of people wearing Douglas tartan. If you have a good photograph of someone wearing the tartan, please let me have a copy.  Clearly identify which tartan is being worn.  Click here to get in touch

Doulas, with a DirkDouglas woth a targe and broadswordDouglas with a sword Douglas red tartan

The Duke wearing a Douglas tartan kilt
The Duke, as Lord Abernethy, was hereditary Bearer of the Crown of Scots in Parliament. He fulfilled the latter duty by carrying the crown before the Queen at the openings of the Scottish Parliament. Here, he is wearing the Grey Douglas tartan kilt.





See also:

  • Who can wear tartan?
  • A History of Tartans



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