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Tartan Collection

"Tartan: A Timeless Symbol of Scottish Heritage and Tradition" Tartan, a fabric that weaves together the rich tapestry of Scottish history

Background imageTartan Collection: Highland Fling by Florence Hardy

Highland Fling by Florence Hardy
Two children, dressed in traditional costume, dance an energetic Highland fling

Background imageTartan Collection: Cartoon, The Macmillion (Andrew Carnegie)

Cartoon, The Macmillion (Andrew Carnegie)
Cartoon, The Macmillion -- Andrew Carnegie (1835 - 1919), Scottish-American industrialist, business magnate, and philanthropist

Background imageTartan Collection: King George V as Colonel-in-Chief of Black Watch

King George V as Colonel-in-Chief of Black Watch
King George V (1865-1936) as Colonel-in-Chief of the Black Watch. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageTartan Collection: Scottish Types - Archery, Clan Murray

Scottish Types - Archery, Clan Murray. 19th century

Background imageTartan Collection: Kings Own Scottish Borderers

Kings Own Scottish Borderers - The uniform, reginemtal flags, crest and listings of International deployments are featured on this card. Date: 1913

Background imageTartan Collection: A Scottish Piper wearing McInnes Tartan

A Scottish Piper wearing McInnes Tartan Date: 1906

Background imageTartan Collection: Bagpiper, Glencoe

Bagpiper, Glencoe, Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageTartan Collection: Dewars advertisement

Dewars advertisement
This advertisement for Dewars " White Label" Scotch whiskey encourages viewers to celebrate the Coronation with " the finest drink in the world"

Background imageTartan Collection: Welsh Girls in Traditional Costume 1908

Welsh Girls in Traditional Costume 1908
A group of seven Welsh girls in traditional costume. One of them holds a large doll on her lap, and three are holding baskets

Background imageTartan Collection: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Bandsman, Piper and Drummer of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Date: circa 1908

Background imageTartan Collection: Braemar Gathering, men in kilts

Braemar Gathering, men in kilts
Scene at the annual Braemar Gathering, showing three men in traditional Highland costume and one man in a suit. Braemar in Scotland holds an annual Highland Games Gathering on the first Saturday in

Background imageTartan Collection: Dancers at the Highland Games

Dancers at the Highland Games, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageTartan Collection: WW1 poster, Types of the British Army

WW1 poster, Types of the British Army, Dismounted Branches, showing the various uniforms. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageTartan Collection: Main Street, Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland

Main Street, Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland with a decorative (rather kitsch!) border. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageTartan Collection: King George V in Scottish dress

King George V in Scottish dress
King George V chats to the Duchess of York, whilst the Duke of York brings up the rear. They have been taking part in the Balmoral Garden Fete. Date: 1927

Background imageTartan Collection: Highland dancing competition, Skye Highland Games, Portree, Isle of Skye

Highland dancing competition, Skye Highland Games, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageTartan Collection: Scottish regiments of the British Army, 1895 (colour litho)

Scottish regiments of the British Army, 1895 (colour litho)
5235836 Scottish regiments of the British Army, 1895 (colour litho) by Simkin, Richard (1840-1926) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Scottish regiments of the British Army, 1895)

Background imageTartan Collection: The Raising of the Standard, Bonnie Prince Charlie lands in Scotland in 1745 (colour litho)

The Raising of the Standard, Bonnie Prince Charlie lands in Scotland in 1745 (colour litho)
5995659 The Raising of the Standard, Bonnie Prince Charlie lands in Scotland in 1745 (colour litho) by Webb, Archibald Bertram (1887-1944) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageTartan Collection: Scottish Types - Bagpipes, Clan McDonald

Scottish Types - Bagpipes, Clan McDonald. 19th century

Background imageTartan Collection: A group of Cameron Highlanders

A group of Cameron Highlanders
A group of Queens Own Cameron Highlanders

Background imageTartan Collection: Scottish Types - Deer Stalking, Clan McLean

Scottish Types - Deer Stalking, Clan McLean. 19th century

Background imageTartan Collection: At the Highland Games at Inverness, Scotland; Lady Marjorie Mackenzie and Mr Seton

At the Highland Games at Inverness, Scotland; Lady Marjorie Mackenzie and Mr Seton Gordon 23 September 1923

Background imageTartan Collection: Railway Sleeper - Euston Station

Railway Sleeper - Euston Station
The Railway Sleeper series - A snoozing Scottish football fan at Euston Station awaiting his return train back north of the border. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageTartan Collection: Tartan cloth

Tartan cloth, MacNaughtons Emporium, Pitlochry, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageTartan Collection: A postman in the Scottish Highlands

A postman in the Scottish Highlands
A postman delivers a letter on foot in the Scottish Highlands

Background imageTartan Collection: Macdonald of Glenco, from The Clans of the Scottish Highlands, pub

Macdonald of Glenco, from The Clans of the Scottish Highlands, pub. 1845 (colour lithograph)

Background imageTartan Collection: Crew of a Scottish purse seiner, Falmouth, Cornwall

Crew of a Scottish purse seiner, Falmouth, Cornwall
The crew of a Scottish purse seiner, at Falmouth, Cornwall. A seine net is usually a long flat net like a fence, with weights on it, which catches the fish by encircling them. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageTartan Collection: Scottish Toast 1893

Scottish Toast 1893
Scotsmen make a toast with thistle shaped glasses full of John Robertson & Sons whisky Date: 1893

Background imageTartan Collection: Whisky Advertisement

Whisky Advertisement
Ross and Cameron advert featuring a man in full Scottish dress

Background imageTartan Collection: Clan Tartans, Inverness, Scotland

Clan Tartans, Inverness, Scotland

Background imageTartan Collection: Britannia and Eve Christmas cover 1933

Britannia and Eve Christmas cover 1933
Front cover illustration featuring a glamorous 1930s woman holding a westie dog with green tartan ribbon around its neck

Background imageTartan Collection: Two men shooting in Scotland

Two men shooting in Scotland, possibly on the Balmoral estate. One of them is wearing a kilt

Background imageTartan Collection: Harry Lauder / Pyke

Harry Lauder / Pyke
(Sir) HARRY LAUDER Scottish music-hall entertainer

Background imageTartan Collection: The Highland Shepherd - painted by R. Ansdell - from the Exhibition of the Royal Academy, 1856

The Highland Shepherd - painted by R. Ansdell - from the Exhibition of the Royal Academy, 1856. Creator: W Thomas
The Highland Shepherd - painted by R. Ansdell - from the Exhibition of the Royal Academy, 1856. Engraving of a painting....one of those happy transcripts of Highland life that has made Mr

Background imageTartan Collection: Suffragette Flora Drummond Tartan

Suffragette Flora Drummond Tartan. Flora Drummond (1879-1949) wearing a tartan shawl, arm raised, may be doing The Highland Fling Probably taken when Scottish suffragettes welcomed Mary Phillips

Background imageTartan Collection: Bay City Rollers fans outside the Odeon Hammersmith after the groups concert

Bay City Rollers fans outside the Odeon Hammersmith after the groups concert. 1st June 1975

Background imageTartan Collection: Pipers of the 1st Scots Guards, 1896. Artist: Gregory & Co

Pipers of the 1st Scots Guards, 1896. Artist: Gregory & Co
Pipers of the 1st Scots Guards, 1896. Pipe-Major Fraser flanked by Piper James Pourie (right) and Piper John Gordon (left). A print from The Navy and Army Illustrated, 3rd January 1896

Background imageTartan Collection: Elliot Tartan

Elliot Tartan
The Elliot tartan of Scotland. Date: photo taken 1971

Background imageTartan Collection: Comic postcard, Scotsman with whisky barrel bagpipes

Comic postcard, Scotsman with whisky barrel bagpipes. Date: circa 1900s

Background imageTartan Collection: Bay City Rollers on the tarmac at Heathrow Airport. Left to right: Stuart Wood

Bay City Rollers on the tarmac at Heathrow Airport. Left to right: Stuart Wood, Ian Mitchell, Derek Longmuir and Les McKeown. 17th April 1976

Background imageTartan Collection: Classic Tight Scotsman Joke - Lured by six beauties

Classic Tight Scotsman Joke - Lured by six beauties
Classic Tight Scotsman Joke - A stereotype Jock doesn t hang on long to his tight purse strings as six pretty girls required a drink! " It wasn t long here till bang went saxpence

Background imageTartan Collection: Mother and four children on the beach

Mother and four children on the beach
A delightful photograph of a Mother and her four children spending the day on the beach at Palm Bay, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent

Background imageTartan Collection: Lotus Esprit S3 Britain

Lotus Esprit S3 Britain

Background imageTartan Collection: Just a wee note by G. E Studdy

Just a wee note by G. E Studdy
Illustration by George Ernest Studdy (1878-1948) showing Bonzo the dog, dressed in a tartan tam o shanter playing the Scottish bagpipes

Background imageTartan Collection: Man & Quizzing Glass

Man & Quizzing Glass
Blue cravat, tartan under- waistcoat, D-B waistcoat with pointed front, grey woollen pantaloons, brown frock coat: gigot sleeves, black lining, roll collar & lapels

Background imageTartan Collection: Bon Ton Skiwear

Bon Ton Skiwear
For Chamonix: sensible yet stylish clothing includes gaiters & leggings, fringed scarf, knitted jumper, flat cap with earflaps; belted jacket & plaid skirt

Background imageTartan Collection: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, with Princesses Elizabet

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, with Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, with the Marquess of Aberdeen, in the Royal Pavilion at Braemar

Background imageTartan Collection: Glasgow, Scotland - Four inset scenes of the city

Glasgow, Scotland - Four inset scenes of the city: The University Building, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the King George V Bridge and George Square. Date: 1937



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"Tartan: A Timeless Symbol of Scottish Heritage and Tradition" Tartan, a fabric that weaves together the rich tapestry of Scottish history, holds a special place in the hearts of Scots and enthusiasts worldwide. From its origins dating back centuries to its modern-day representation, tartan continues to captivate with its vibrant patterns and deep cultural significance. One can't help but imagine the gallant soldiers of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers proudly donning their distinctive tartans as they march into battle. The sight of a Scottish piper wearing McInnes Tartan evokes images of ancient clans gathering on misty moors, filling the air with haunting melodies that stir the soul. In Glencoe's breathtaking landscape, amidst towering mountains and cascading waterfalls, a bagpiper stands tall - an emblematic figure synonymous with Scotland's musical heritage. Dewars advertisement transports us to a bygone era when whisky flowed freely among friends clad in traditional attire; Welsh girls adorned in their charming costumes celebrate their own unique Celtic roots. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders epitomize bravery and honor while sporting their distinguished tartans. Archery competitions at Highland Games showcase not only skill but also pride in one's clan like Clan Murray. Dancers gracefully twirl across stages at these games, showcasing intricate footwork passed down through generations. During World War I, posters depicting various Types of British Army personnel highlight how even amid conflict, tartan remained an enduring symbol representing unity amongst diverse backgrounds. King George V himself embraced this tradition by dressing resplendently in Scottish garb during official engagements. Highland dancing competitions continue to enchant spectators at Skye Highland Games on Portree's Isle of Skye. As dancers move energetically to lively tunes played on bagpipes reminiscent of Clan McDonald’s legacy – it becomes clear why this art form has endured for centuries. Tartan is more than just a fabric; it is a living testament to Scotland's rich cultural heritage.