|Posted by John Hart on May 20, 2015 at 12:20 AM|
As you may have already read, in honour of Victoria Day, Keltoi is offering a 25% off sale on all items made from the following tartans: Royal Stewart, Prince Charles Edward Stewart, Prince Charles Edward Stuart (1810 Variant), Stewart Hunting, Stewart Old, Stewart Dress, Strathearn, Holyrood, Prince of Wales, Lord of the Isles Hunting, Duke of Rothesay Hunting, Inverness, Inverness (1831 Variant), Duke of Fife, and Earl of St. Andrews.
A resurgence of interest in all things Highland and tartan began just before Victoria’s ascension to the throne, and continued with her patronage. Victoria was particularly fond of her Balmoral estate in Scotland and indeed her husband, Prince Albert designed a grey tartan called Balmoral which is worn by the Royal Family to this day. This tartan is restricted and is not offered commercially.
Royal Stewart is a tartan we associate today with Christmas, short bread tins, and just about anything generically Scottish. It is worn by the pipers of The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada and various other organizations. Permission from the reigning monarch is supposedly required to wear this sett, though extreme commercialization of Royal Stewart would suggest otherwise. Conversely, it has been also been claimed that George V stated this tartan could be worn by all those who were members of his family. This was later interpreted to mean all those who resided within the British Empire, as the monarch is considered the ‘chief of chiefs’.
Prince Charles Edward Stuart (and its 1810 Variant) are slight variations of the above mentioned Royal Stewart. As the name implies, it is meant to honour the memory of ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’. Whether the prince actually wore this tartan is unknown. It is therefore considered universal tartan.
Stewart Hunting has long been thought of as a universal tartan. In fact it is often considered to be the unofficial tartan of Scotland itself. It is worn by the Canadian Scottish Regiment who pleat their kilts to alternating red and yellow stripes. (Affectionately known as 'ketchup and mustard'.)
Stewart, Old (Sett) is said to belong to the Stewarts of the Western Isles. It is worn occasionally by Prince Charles.
Stewart Dress (or Stewart Dress Royal) is a variant of Royal Stewart which replaces the red background with white. Like many dress tartans it is often associated with women though some men of the Royal Family have been seen wearing it at formal functions.
Strathearn is a district tartan said to have been worn by Edward, Duke of Strathearn, who was the father of Victoria.
Holyrood is a modern tartan designed by Lochcarron of Scotland to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II. Holyrood Palace is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.
Prince of Wales is very similar to Duke of Rothesay Hunting (see below). Prince Charles is of course both the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Rothesay.
Lord of the Isles Hunting is a tartan worn by Prince Charles. It is but one of the Scottish titles he currently holds. The MacDonalds were the original Lords of the Isles.
Duke of Rothesay Hunting is worn by Prince Charles (as mentioned above). The Duke of Rothesay is a title held by the heir apparent to the British throne.
Inverness (andd its 1831 Variant) is traditionally a district tartan for both the town and county of Inverness. It was designed for the Earl of Inverness sometime in the early 19th Century.
Duke of Fife was originally woven to commemorate the wedding of Louise, the Princess Royal to the Duke of Fife.
Earl of St. Andrews was originally designed for the use of Prince George, Duke of Kent, who bore the Scottish title of Earl of St. Andrews. It is now considered a district tartan for St. Andrews.