The Scottish Register of Tartans

21 October 2017
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Categories

Each registered tartan is allocated to one of nine categories. Please select the most appropriate category for your tartan from the drop-down list. A description of each category in included in the table below.

Tartan Register staff may change the category selected if they feel that it is not the most appropriate choice.

Category Description
Clan/Family A tartan to be worn by members of a Scottish clan or family as recognised by the Court of the Lord Lyon.
Name A tartan named for an individual or family.
District A tartan associated with a particular geographical area, including towns, parishes, counties or countries.
Corporate A tartan for a company, organisation or an informal group of individuals.
Commemorative A tartan created to commemorate a specific public event.
Military A tartan associated with any branch of the armed forces, including volunteer regiments.
Royal A tartan with a direct connection to British royalty.
Fashion A tartan created for fashion or retail, usually without any particular personal association.
Other For tartans which do not meet the criteria for any of the other categories.

Please refer to the more detailed advice available in Tartan name.

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