Tartans of the Clan Maclean

The earliest reference to a tartan occurs in 1471, and is an account by a treasurer to King James III of the purchase of tartan for the use of the King and Queen of Scotland. The origins of the tartan are uncertain, but renewed popularity in the 19th century have revitalized this ancient practice. Many tartans have ancient and modern colors. The simple explanation is that ancient dyes were inferior to modern dyes.

Maclean of Duart

Maclean of Duart tartan is the most common tartan used my members of the Clan MacLean from the lines of Duart, Coll, Lehir, Morvern, et al. It is also the basis for the Royal Stuart Tartan. “Muted,” “weathered,” and “ancient” versions of this tartan are also popular which simulate ancient dyes.

maclean of Duart Hunting

The Hunting tartan of the Clan Maclean is the oldest recorded tartan in Scotland. A description is included on a charter for lands of Nerrabolsadh on Islay in 1587. It is this, hunting, tartan usually worn for more casual occasions.

Maclaine of Lochbuie

Maclaine of Lochbuie is the primary tartan used by the Maclaines of Lochbuie. “Muted,” “weathered,” and “ancient” versions of this tartan are also popular which simulate ancient dyes.

Maclaine of Lochbuie Hunting

The Lochbuie Hunting tartan is popular for casual occasions and is reminiscent of the seascape near Moy Castle.

Following the Jacobite Uprisings, Scots were prohibited “upon pain of death” from wearing the tartan. Today however, it is common practice among those of Scottish descent. If you are going to wear the tartan, it is appropriate to wear your own clan, district, or one that you have some familial connection with.