Tartans of the Red Thistle Dancers
Here's to it!
The fighting sheen of it,
The yellow, the green of it,
The white, the blue of it,
The swing, the hue of it,
The dark, the red of it,
Every thread of it!
The fair have sighed for it,
The brave have died for it,
Foemen sought for it,
Heroes fought for it,
Honour the name of it,
Drink to the fame of it -
A Toast to the Tartan
Many different tartans are worn for our performances -- in the kilts for the men, and in the sashes or kilts for the ladies. See if your own family name, clan affiliation, regional, or favorite tartan is represented below. Click on any tartan for more details.
A branch of the larger Clan Stewart, Stuart of Bute takes its name from the gift of Robert Robert Stewart, who reigned as Robert II of Scotland, and gave to his younger son, John, the Isle of Bute, the Isle of Arran and the Isle of Cumbrae. The king conferred these lands into a county and made his son the sheriff.
The surname of Crawford is believed to be of Norman origin. The name is taken from the barony of the same name in Lanarkshire. The early names of all of the principal Crawford families are all Norman, however some scholars have asserted an Anglo-Danish ancestry. The Crawfords appear in a legendary incident when the king's life was saved from a stag and this led to the foundation of Holyrood Abbey. Motto: Tutum te robore reddam (I will give you safety by strength)
In Scottish Gaelic the name Macpherson is Mac a' Phersein which means son of the parson. The Celtic church allowed priests to marry and the progenitor of the chiefs of Clan Macpherson is believed to have been a man named Muireach or Murdo Cattenach who was the priest of Kingussie in Badenoch. Motto: Touch not the cat bot a glove. The motto serves as a warning that one should beware when the wildcat's claws are 'without a glove'.
As Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, the surname Anderson, which means Son of Andrew, is commonly found throughout most of the country. Motto: Stand sure
In Scottish Gaelic the name Macpherson is Mac a' Phersein which means son of the parson. Motto: Touch not the cat bot (without) a glove.
The pattern was devised for the Musselburgh Riding of the Marches celebrations of 1956. Musselburgh is the largest settlement in East Lothian, Scotland, on the coast of the Firth of Forth.
Clan Donnachaidh, also known as Clan Robertson, is one of the oldest of all Scottish clans. Motto: Virtutis gloria merces (Glory is the reward of valour), War cry: Garg 'nuair dhùisgear (Fierce when roused)
Clan Kerr is a Scottish clan whose origins lie in the Scottish Borders. The name stems from the Old Norse kjrr which means marsh dweller, and came to Scotland from Normandy, the French settlement of the Norsemen. Motto: Sero sed serio (Late but in earnest)
The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland is an infantry battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Formed from six "watch" companies to patrol the Highlands of Scotland, this force was to be "employed in disarming the Highlanders, preventing depredations, bringing criminals to justice, and hindering rebels and attainted persons from inhabiting that part of the kingdom." Motto: Nemo Me Impune Lacessit ("No One Provokes Me With Impunity")
The Lindsays are descended from Danes who had come to England between the 6th and 9th centuries and are a Scottish Lowlands Clan. Motto: Endure fort (strongly or bravely)
Clan Gunn is a Scottish clan associated with northeastern Scotland, including Caithness and Sutherland and, arguably, the Orkney Islands. The Clan Gunn is one of the oldest Scottish Clans descended from the Norse Jarls of Orkney and the Pictish Mormaers of Caithness. Motto: Aut pax aut bellum (Either peace or war)
The term 'Jacobite' became the name for those who supported James VII after his deposition. The most famous Jacobite rebellion took place in 1745 when Charles Edward Stewart (aka 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' and the 'Young Pretender'), James VII's grandson, led his Jacobite army to ultimate disaster at the Battle of Culloden (near Inverness, in the North of Scotland) in 1746.
Clan Gregor is a Highland Scottish clan. The clan's most famous member is the legendary Rob Roy MacGregor of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. James VI of Scotland issued an edict in April 1603 that proclaimed the name of MacGregor as "altogidder abolisheed." This meant that anyone who bore the name must renounce it or suffer death. Motto: S rioghal mo dhream (Royal is my race), War Cry: "Ard Choille" (High Wood)
Clan Donald is a Highland Scottish clan and one of the largest Scottish clans. Gaelic tradition gives a major ancestor, Somerled, a Celtic descent in the male line, as the medieval Seanachies (Irish storytellers/historians) traced his lineage through a long line of ancestors back to the High Kings of Ireland, namely Colla Uais and Conn of the Hundred Battles. Motto: per mare per terras (by sea and land)
Clan Ross is a Highland Scottish clan. The original chiefs of the clan were the original Earls of Ross, leaders of a medieval Gaelic lordship in northern Scotland, roughly between the River Oykel and the River Beauly. Motto: Spem Successus Alit (Success Nourishes Hope)
Clan Fergusson, known as the Sons of Fergus, have spread across Scotland from as far as Ross-shire in the north to Dumfriesshire in the south. The Scottish Gaelic patronymic of Fergusson is MacFhaerghuis which can also be translated as son of the angry. Motto: Dulcius ex asperis (Sweeter after difficulties) War cry: "Clann Fhearghuis gu brath!" (Clan Fergus forever!)
The Holyrood tartan was designed to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977. Located at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century, and is a setting for state occasions and official entertaining.
Clan Carmichael is a Scottish clan which takes its name from the upper ward of the area with same name in Lanarkshire in which the Carmichaels have settled for almost eight hundred years. The lands of Carmichael were originally part of the Dougsdale territory that was granted to the Clan Douglas in 1321 by Robert the Bruce. Motto: Motto Toujour prest (Always ready)