Douglas tartans

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The following information is drawn from the Scottish Register of Tartans, compiled by the Keeper of the Register and is acknowledged as Crown copyright.


Hunting tartan Douglas alternative threadcount Douglas (WCWM width= Ancient Dress Douglas
Douglas Hunting, or 148 Douglas
alternative threadcount
Douglas (WCWM) Ancient Dress Douglas
Douglas Ancient Red Douglas of Roxburgh Variation - Trade sett Douglas (Brown)
Douglas Ancient Red Douglas of Roxburgh Variation - Trade sett Douglas (Brown)
Douglas, Black Douglas, Green (Wilsons) Douglas, Grey (Vestiarium Scoticum) Douglas, William (Personal)
Douglas, Black Douglas, Green
Douglas, Grey
(Vestiarium Scoticum)
Douglas, William
Unknown Douglas tartan Douglas - 'weathered' Ancient Dress Tartan Regimental
Unidentfied Douglas - 'weathered' Ancient Dress Tartan Regimental
Douglas The 'Ancient' Douglas tartan
Douglas 'Ancient' 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. And to this day, these origins are still wrapped in debate and controversy.

Scottish Register of Tartans database contains information on thousands of tartans, which can be freely searched. It includes all tartans registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans since its introduction on 5 February 2009. The database also incorporates tartans formerly recorded by the Scottish Tartans Society (STS), the Scottish Tartans Authority (STA) and/or the Scottish Tartans World Register (STWR).

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

tartan William and Frances Red skirt tud o' war
Two tartans Ready for the Ball A red skirt Tug o' war
Kilt and dirk targe and broadsword Douglas with a sword
Kilt and sword Targe and sword Broadsword
Three variations 2 kilts Douglas Navy Blank
Three variations A braw couple 'Douglas Navy' 
An unofficial tartan rug
from Australia



Contributed comment:
•  There are several 'similar to' tartans that I have seen. Turnbull its based on Douglas of Roxburgh but the thread count differs slightly. Young tartan is based of the Douglas. US Air Force tartan would confuse many. And Moffat tartan was designed to be similar to Grey Douglas.

The Duke wearing a Douglas tartan kilt
The Duke of Hamilton, 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.



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