Scottish Tartans Resources

The purpose of this web site is to make available to the public primary source material dealing with the subject of tartan and Highland dress. Our particular focus is on the growth of the "tartan cult" during the nineteenth century, and some of the early attempts to collect and catalog records of named tartan setts.

Please check back with this site often as we continue to add free resource material.  There is no charge for access to any of the information on this web site.  If you wish to contribute to our efforts and show your appreciation, please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Scottish Tartans Museum by clicking the "Donate" button at the bottom.

Current Online Library

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Vestiarium Scoticum

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Patterns of the Highland Clans
mid-19th century sample book

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The Clans of the Highlands of Scotland

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The Authenticated Tartans of the Clans
and Families of Scotland


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Old & Rare Scottish Tartans

This web site is an ongoing work in progress. We will be photographing and uploading the tartan information and Highland dress illustrations contained in many of the rare books in the Scottish Tartans Museum collection. The Scottish Tartans Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Scotland s Highland dress traditions, specifically tartan and the kilt. Located in Franklin, NC, we are the only museum outside of Scotland dedicated to the subject of tartan. You can learn more about our museum by visiting


This project was made possible through the generosity of the following organizations and individuals.

The Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum

The Clan Anderson Society

Gordon Wilson

James Anderson

James A. Bullman

George Newberry

Earnest Malcolm

St. Andrew Society of Baton Rouge


All content of this web site is ©Scottish Tartans Museum, GTS, FSA Scot Background image from The Book of the Club of the True Highlanders (1881)

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