The Scottish Register of Tartans

8 February 2016
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Welcome to the Scottish Register of Tartans

The Scottish Register of Tartans was established by an act of the Scottish Parliament in 2008, to protect, promote and preserve tartan. The Register is a database of tartan designs, maintained by the National Records of Scotland.

Anyone, from anywhere in the world, can register a new tartan (individuals, schools and corporate groups as well as professional designers and weavers) providing that it meets our criteria for registration. Please see the Guidance notes for further details.

You can also
  • search the Register, by tartan name or colours, to find information about thousands of tartans,
  • compare a new design with those already included on the Register, and
  • access information on resources in the National Records of Scotland for the study of tartan history.

The Scottish Register of Tartans is now on Facebook Get involved. Visit our page, contribute, discuss, meet other people interested in tartan and (hopefully) 'like' what you see.

We welcome feedback and ideas to enhance the Register. Please email comments to

Whisky in crystal glass on tartan. Tartan image used under license from
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