CONTENTS

National Tartans
Provincial and Territorial
   Tartans

British Columbia Tartans
Alberta Tartans
Saskatchewan Tartans
Manitoba Tartans
Ontario Tartans
Quebec Tartans
New Brunswick Tartans
Nova Scotia Tartans
Commemorative Tartans
Personal Tartans
Corporate Tartans
Religious and Educational
   Tartans

Military, Police and Fire
   Service Tartans


Fashion Tartans
A B J K L S T
C D M N U V
E F O P W
G H I Q R X Y Z

Alphabetical Index
Category Index

INTRODUCTION

*** Tartans of Canada is in the process of being put on line. New tartans since 2010 are still to be added. I hope to have the whole collection up to date and on line by the end of 2011. ***

This aims to be a complete and up to date compendium of all Canadian tartans; geographical, commemorative, personal, corporate and fashion tartans. It is the result of several years of detailed research which continues still as new tartans are created or old ones recovered. If you know of a Canadian tartan that is not listed here, please let me know. Also, please don't hesitate to contact me if you spot errors, however trivial.

SOURCES

The main source of information is the International Tartans Index (ITI) maintained by the Scottish Tartans Authority (STA). This resource, which has been grown since the 1960s, contains over 4000 tartan designs and continues to be updated and refined. Until 2009, new tartans were registered with the STA, but since the Tartan Act of 2009 the registration of new tartans has been the role of the Keeper of the Tartans, who maintains the Scottish Register of Tartans (SRT). This is my main source of information for all tartans post-2009.

Some Canadian tartans have been registered with what is now the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, and the designs are maintained in the Canadian Industrial Designs Database (CIDD). This resource has provided new information regarding some of the Canadian tartans recorded in the ITI, as well as providing details of tartans not found in the ITI. Any new information I obtained I passed on to the STA, who have now incorporated it into the ITI where appropriate.

Where possible, I have consulted the towns, cities, municipalities, corporations, families, etc… to check the information from my sources, and in some cases I have obtained further information by consulting with individual designers, weaving guilds, pipe and drum bands, etc…

These are the main texts I consulted:

District Tartans by Gordon Teall of Teallach and Philip D. Smith Jr (London, 1992)
The Compendium of District Tartans by Matthew Newsome and James Bullman (Scotdisc, 2004)
Tartans: Vols I - III by William H Johnston and Philip D. Smith Jr.
World Tartans by Iain Zaczek (New York, 2001)
The Setts of the Scottish Tartans by Douglas Stewart (1950)
Tartan: The Highland Textile by James Scarlett (1990)
The Tartan Weaver's Guide by James Scarlett (1985)

SETTS

** If you intend to weave or otherwise use any of these patterns, please be aware that you may need the permission, usually written, of the designer or producer. This information can be found either in the SRT or the ITI.

The setts or threadcounts for the tartans are given in one of two forms. Modern convention has symmetric patterns shown as half setts with full pivots. The two pivot colours, at the beginning and end of the sett, are shown with bold characters and have a slash separating the colour from the count, as in:

   B/6 G32 Y2 R2 W2 R12 G6 R2 G6 W/2

The full pattern would thus be

   B6 G32 Y2 R2 W2 R12 G6 R2 G6 W2 G6 R2 G6 R12 W2 R2 Y2 G32

And would repeat from B6 again.

Asymmetric patterns are shown as full setts and end with an ellipsis (…).

A very few tartans have different colour sequences in the warp and the weft. This is indicated by a bold capital 'X' separating the warp threadcount, which is always first, from the weft threadcount. (I have also occasionally used a lower case unboldened 'x' to indicate that a particular sequence is repeated within a pattern: it should be clear which is which.)

Unless otherwise indicated in the text, where more than one sett is given for a tartan, the first in the list is the one shown.

COLOURS

The vast majority of traditional Highland tartans are created from just 6 colours: red, green, blue, black, white and yellow. This cannot be said of Canadian tartans which employ a much larger palette. The colour codes used are listed below.

A Azure DY Dark Yellow MY Mid Yellow
AB Anderson Blue E Earth N Gray
AM Amber FB Faded Blue NB Navy Blue
B Blue FG Faded Green NW Near White
BB Old Blue FRB French Blue O Orange
BE Beige G Green OB Oxford Blue
BG Blue Green GO Gold OG Olive Green
BL Balmoral Blue HG Heather Green OT Olive Brown
BN Blue Gray HT Heather Brown P Purple
C Crimson HtG Hunting Green PH Purple Heather
CaT Camel Brown K Black Pk Pink
CB Carolina Blue LA Light Azure R Red
CH Charcoal LB Light Blue RB Royal Blue
Cr Carmine LDR Lindsey Red Rt Rust
CRL Coral LG Light Green S Scarlet
CT Chocolate Brown LmG Lime Green SB Sky Blue
CW Clear White LN Light Gray SR Sienna Red
DB Dark Blue LNB Light Navy Blue ST Shale Brown
DBG Dark Blue Green LO Light Orange SW Soft White
DCr Dark Carmine LP Light Purple T Brown
DFB Dark Faded Blue LPk Light Pink TK Khaki Brown
DG Dark Green LR Light Red Tl Teal
DN Dark Gray LRB Light Royal Blue Tq Turquoise
DO Dark Orange LRt Light Rust U Umber
DOG Dark Olive Green LSB Light Sky Blue V Violet
DP Dark Purple LT Light Brown VDB Very Dark Blue
DPk Dark Pink LU Light Umber W White
DR Dark Red LV Light Violet WG Weathered Green
DSB Dark Sky Blue Lv Lavender WR Wine Red
DT Dark Brown LY Light Yellow WW Wilson's White
DTl Dark Teal M Maroon Y Yellow
DW Dark White MB Mid Blue YT Yellow Brown
DWR Dark Wine Red MG Mid Green

ALPHABETICAL INDEX


5th Royal Scots of Canada
78th Fraser's Highlanders
Abergaveny
Adamson
Agincourt
Alberta
Alberta Dress
Alma Mater Society of Queen's University
Amber Rose
Americana
Ancient Atlantic
Ancient Universal
Anderson Blue
Anderson Green
Andover
Annand
Antigonish
Arbutus
Arctic
Ardmore
Arran No. 1
Arran No. 2
Atikokan
Atlantic Police Academy
Atlin
Baker
Banff Centennial
Barbecue Plaid
Barrie
Bay of Quinte
Beaufort
Beaverbrook
Bennet
Bennet Dress
Benteau na Mara
Berwick
Bird of Paradise
Black Alarm Clock
Black Forest
Black Onyx
Black Watch No. 1
Black Watch No. 2
Blais
Blaylock
Blue Boy
Blue Dunnett
Blue Meadow
Blue Spruce
Booth
Boucherville
Boucherville Dress
Boy Scouts of Canada
Bracken
Brandon
Britberry
British Columbia
British Columbia Dress
Brockton Preparatory School
Brodie Black and White
Brodie Weathered
Brooks Brothers
Brousseau
Brown Heather
Brown Watch (single tramlines)
Brown, Sir George
Bruce County
Buchanan
Buckleigh Dress
Buffalo Plaid
Burnetts and Struth
Burns Battalion
Burns Fashion (Rustic)
Bush Pilot
Caledonian
Caledonian Club of PEI
Caledonian Maple
Calgary
Calgary Fashion
Cameron of Erracht
Campbell Hunting
Canada Winter Games 1987
Canadian Autumn
Canadian Caledonian
Canadian Centennial
Canadian Confederation
Canadian Estate
Canadian Fancy
Canadian Irish Regiment
Canadian Legion Branch 50
Canna
Canuck Place
Cape Breton
Caribou
Carroll O'Reed
Cartier, Sir George-Etienne
Castle Bay
Celtic Pride (Irish Pride)
Chalet
Chelsea
Chieftain
Chieftain
Chisholm
Christianson
City of Edinburgh
Clergy
Clyde
Colliers International
Colville
Commonwealth Variation
Connor
Contrecoeur
Contrecoeur Dress
Cooper
Corcoran of Sherbrooke
Cornwall
Correctional Services of Canada
Coulin
Craigmoor
Cunningham
Cypress
Damson
DDB Canada
De Nardi
De Nardi Hunting
Desert
Desert in Bloom
Dewar No. 1
Dewar No. 2
Diana Hunting, Lady
Diana, Lady
Diana, Plaid Dress
Dogwood (Aviemore)
Doral
Dorcas
Douglas
Dunbarton (Quebec)
Dunn
Earle's Flame
Eastern Townships
Edinburgh, City of (Fashion)
Edmonton
Eglington
Eldridge
Ellis
Embrace
Emerald
Engelhart
Ensign of Ontario
Entrelacs
Essex County
Evergreen
Fallow Deer
Federated Women's Institiutes of Ontario
Fennell Grandmothers
Florence
Fontainbleu
Forbes
Fountain of the Strong
Fraser and Kirkbright
Fredericton
Fredericton Police Force
Gabrielle
Gaelic College of St. Ann's
Gagetown School
Galt, Sir Alexander
Glen Burns
Glen Coe No. 2
Glen Erin
Glen Esk
Glen Forest
Glen Ross No. 1
Glen Ross No. 2
Glen Shee No. 2
Glenburnie School
Glengarry Highland Games
Golden Heather
Golden Pheasant
Grand Lodge of Canada
Granvert
Gray, (Sir) John Hamilton
Greater Victoria Police Pipe Band
Green Highland
Grenauld
Grotto Dove
Guelph
Guzzo Check
Guzzo Dress
Haliburton Highlands
Hall
Harmer
Hebrides
Hebron
Henry, W A
Hickley
Highlands of Durham Highland Games
Hudson's Bay Company
Hudson's Bay Company - Bonnie Prince Charlie
Humming Bird
Hyndman
International Karate Alliance
Inverary
Inverness County
Investor's Group
Iona
Island of Innis
Island Weavers
Johnson, John Mercer
Kelvingrove
Kennedy
Kerry
Kervegant
Kervegant Dress
Killin
Kilted Chef
Kincardine
Kozmyk
Labrador
Lachine
Lachine Historic
Lagrande
Lake Ainslie
Lamont Dress
Lanark Highlands
Lanoir
Lantern
Laporte
Laronde
Laurentian University
Laval
Laval Gala
Le Cercle de Femme
Lebrun
Lennox
Les Cercles de Fermieres
Lethbridge
Liama (Llama?)
Lilac in Bloom
Lions International
Lisbon
Loch Garth
Loch Lomond
Lomond (1983)
Longmount
Longueuil
Lord Laird
Lords of Skye
Louisbourg
MacDonald
MacDonald of Prince Edward Island
MacDonald of Staffa
Macdonald, Sir John A
MacDougall, William
MacFarhadian
MacKenzie, Phantom
MacKinnon Dress
MacLeod, Winnifred
MacMaster (Canada)
MacMillan
MacNab
Manitoba
Manitoba Dress
Maple Leaf
Maple Leaf Blue
Maple Leaf Dress
Marino
Mariverain
Markson
Marshall
Matheson
McCormick
McCormick Festive
McCormick Hunting
McCormick Personal
McGlynn
Melange
Milne
Miramichi
Mission
Moncton
Monica
Montgomery Purple
Montmorency
Montrose
Mountain's Jewel
Mowat, Sir Oliver
Murdoch, Ellis
Muskoka
Nance
National Ballet School
New Brunswick
New Glasgow
Newfoundland
Niagara Falls
Niagara Region
Nickel Lodge Centennial
North American Sheep Breeders Association
North Vancouver Island
North West Territories
Northern College
Northern Ontario
North-West Monted Police
Nor'Westers
Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia (Eatons)
Nova Scotia Dress
Nova Scotia International Tattoo
Nova Scotia Miscellaneous
Nunavut
Nunavut
Oban No. 2
Okanagan
Old Stewart
Olympic
Ontario
Ontario Provincial Police
Original Tartan
Oromocto
Ottawa
Pacific
Page
Paisley Fancy
Palmer, Edward
Papi - Bouncing Blackie (Winter Lunting)
Papi - Canadian Shield
Papi - Lunting (Hunting Garroway)
Papi - Uitwaaien
Paris
Parma
Parr No. 1
Payeur
Peacock
Peacock
Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
Perry
Perry Ancient
Perry Arisaid
Perry Hunting
Pictou County
Plaid du Quebec
Plaid Wine
Porcupine
Portrait
Pride of Nova Scotia
Prince Albert
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island Dress
Prince of Orange
Princess Mary
Provincial Centennials
Quadra
Rainbow
Red Deer
Red Hat Society No. 1
Red Hat Society No. 2
Redwood
Redwood Dress
Reflections of the Sea
Renfrew No. 1
Renfrew No. 2
Roddy 'Rowdy' Piper
Roderick Dhu
Rothesay
Rowardennan
Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Royal Ashburn Golf Club
Royal Canadian Air Force
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Royal Columbian
Royal Delight
Ruby Ramblers Red Hat
Russell of Rexdale
Saltcoats
Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Dress
Savoy
Seaside
Selkirk No. 1
Selkirk No. 2
Sens
Serenade
Setting Sun
Shanahan
Shieldhall
Silver
Smithers
Snowbird
Sons of Scotland
Southwick
Spencer
Spring Morning
St Joseph de Sorel
St Lawrence No. 1
St Lawrence No. 2
St. Andrew's Quebec City
St. Francis Xavier University
Star Is Born, A
Ste Anne de Portneuf
Stevens No. 20
Stevens No. 28
Stevens No. 80
Stevens No. 87
Stevens No. 96
Stewart Campbell
Stewart No .2
Stewart No. 1
Stewart No. 3
Stewart No. 4
Sutherland Dress Royal
Sydney
Tache, Sir Etienne-Paschal
Talladale
The Ship Hector
Thormanby Bucaneer Bay
Thousand Islands
Thousand Islands International Council
Thunder Bay
Tilley, Sir Samuel
Tobicraft Guild
Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto Fire Services
Trafalgar
Tricor
Tupper, Sir Charles
Turnbull Dress
Unidentified No. 1
Unidentified No. 2
Unidentified No. 3
Unidentified No. 4
Unidentified No. 5
Unidentified (Canadian)
Unidentified (Winnipeg)
Union Fire Club Pipes and Drums
University of Alberta
University of Calgary
Urbino
Valley of the Green No. 1
Valley of the Green No. 2
Vancouver
Varenne
Veron
Versacold / Atlas
Victoria
Victoria
Victoria County
Ville de Beauport
Ville de Saint Georges
Vincent No. 1
Vincent No. 2
Warwick
Waterford
Wcwm 1045
Wcwm 1062
Wcwm 1105
Wcwm 1106-2
Wcwm 1131
Wcwm 1155
Wcwm 1163
Wcwm 1166-2
Wcwm 1243
Wcwm 1255
Wcwm 1286-9
Wcwm 1290
Wcwm 1310
Wcwm 1399
Wcwm 1438
Wcwm 1445
Wcwm 1475-2
Wcwm 1527
Wcwm 1528
Wcwm 1530
Wcwm 1538
Wcwm 1543
Wcwm 1571
Wcwm 1572-1
Wcwm 1586
Wcwm 1591
Wcwm 1651
Wcwm 1669-3
Wcwm 1684
Wcwm 1712
Wcwm 1713
Wcwm 1716
Wcwm 1717
Wcwm 1873-4
Wcwm 1873-5
Wcwm 2204
Wcwm 4330-10800
Wcwm 4907-1
Wcwm 759-2
Wcwm 849-2
Wcwm 9275-1258
Wcwm 9275-1333-1
Wcwm 9275-1394
Wcwm 9275-1395
Wcwm 9275-1405
Wcwm 9275-1410
Wcwm 9275-1415
Wcwm 9275-1422-1
Wcwm 9275-1446
Wcwm 9275-1510-1
Wcwm 9275-1563
Wcwm 9275-1572-1
Wcwm 9275-1626
Wcwm 9275-5471-1
Wcwm 9285-4906-1
Wcwm 969-2
Wcwm 972-1
Wcwm Unnamed No. 1
Wcwm Unnamed No. 10
Wcwm Unnamed No. 2
Wcwm Unnamed No. 3
Wcwm Unnamed No. 4
Wcwm Unnamed No. 5
Wcwm Unnamed No. 6
Wcwm Unnamed No. 7
Wcwm Unnamed No. 8
Wcwm Unnamed No. 9
Webster
White Cloud
Williams
Williams Lake
Willox
Wilton (Toronto)
Worsoff
Wylie
Yarmouth
Youth on the Horizon
Yukon

CATEGORY INDEX


National

Provincial and Territorial

British Columbia

Alberta

Saskatchewan

Manitoba

Ontario

Quebec

New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

Commemorative

Personal

Corporate

Religious and Educational

Military and Services

Fashion

Abergaveny
Agincourt
Amber Rose
Americana
Ancient Atlantic
Ancient Universal
Anderson Blue
Anderson Green
Andover
The Arbutus
Ardmore
Arran No. 1
Arran No. 2
Atlin
Baker
Barbecue Plaid
Beaufort
Bennet
Bennet Dress
Berwick
Bird of Paradise
Black Alarm Clock
Black Forest
Black Onyx
Black Watch No. 1
Black Watch No. 2
The Blue Boy
Blue Dunnett
Blue Meadow
The Blue Spruce
Booth
Bracken
Britberry
Brodie Black and White
Brodie Weathered
Brown Heather
Brown Watch (single tramlines)
Buchanan
Buckleigh Dress
Buffalo Plaid
Burns Battalion
Burns Fashion (Rustic)
Bush Pilot
Caledonian
Cameron of Erracht
Campbell Hunting
Canadian Autumn
Canadian Fancy
Canna
Castle Bay
Carroll O'Reed
Celtic Pride (Irish Pride)
Chalet
Chelsea
Chieftain
The Chieftain
Chisholm
City of Edinburgh
Clergy
Clyde
Commonwealth Variation
Cooper
Cornwall
Coulin
Craigmoor
Cunningham
Cypress
Damson
Desert
Desert in Bloom
Dewar No. 1
Dewar No. 2
Lady Diana (Hunting)
Lady Diana
Lady Diana, Plaid Dress
Dogwood (Aviemore)
Doral
Dorcas
Douglas
Dunbarton (Quebec)
Earle's Flame
City of Edinburgh (Fashion)
Eglington
The Embrace
The Emerald
Evergreen
The Fallow Deer
Florence
Fontainbleu
Forbes
Fountain of the Strong
Gabrielle
Glen Burns
Glen Coe No. 2
Glen Erin
Glen Esk
Glen Forest
Glen Ross No. 1
Glen Ross No. 2
Glen Shee No. 2
The Golden Heather
Golden Pheasant
Granvert
The Green Highland
Grenauld
Grotto Dove
Hebrides
Hebron
Humming Bird
Iona
The Island of Innis
Kelvingrove
Kennedy
Kerry
Lagrande
Lamont Dress
Lanoir
The Lantern
Laporte
Laronde
Lebrun
Lennox
The Liama (Llama?)
Lilac in Bloom
Lisbon
Loch Garth
Loch Lomond
Lomond (1983)
Longmount
Lord Laird
Lords of Skye
MacDonald
MacDonald of Staffa
MacKenzie, Phantom
MacMillan
MacNab
Marino
Mariverain
Marshall
Matheson
Melange
Monica
Montgomery Purple
Montmorency
Montrose
Mountain's Jewel
Nance
Nova Scotia (Eatons)
Nova Scotia Miscellaneous
Oban No. 2
Old Stewart
Pacific
Paisley Fancy
Paris
Parma
Parr No. 1
The Peacock
Plaid Wine
The Portrait
Prince Albert
Prince of Orange
Princess Mary
Quadra
Rainbow
Redwood
Redwood Dress
Reflections of the Sea
Renfrew No. 1
Renfrew No. 2
Roderick Dhu
Rothesay
Rowardennan
Royal Delight
Savoy
Seaside
Selkirk No. 1
Selkirk No. 2
Serenade
The Setting Sun
Shieldhall
Spencer
Spring Morning
A Star is Born
Stevens No. 20
Stevens No. 28
Stevens No. 80
Stevens No. 87
Stevens No. 96
Stewart Campbell
Stewart No. 1
Stewart No .2
Stewart No. 3
Stewart No. 4
Sutherland Dress Royal
Talladale
Trafalgar
Unidentified No. 1
Unidentified No. 2
Unidentified No. 3
Unidentified No. 4
Unidentified No. 5
Unidentified (Canadian)
Unidentified (Winnipeg)
Urbino
Valley of the Green No. 1
Valley of the Green No. 2
Varenne
Veron
Vincent No. 1
Vincent No. 2
Warwick
Waterford
Wcwm 759-2
Wcwm 849-2
Wcwm 969-2
Wcwm 972-1
Wcwm 1045
Wcwm 1062
Wcwm 1105
Wcwm 1106-2
Wcwm 1131
Wcwm 1155
Wcwm 1163
Wcwm 1166-2
Wcwm 1243
Wcwm 1255
Wcwm 1286-9
Wcwm 1290
Wcwm 1310
Wcwm 1399
Wcwm 1438
Wcwm 1445
Wcwm 1475-2
Wcwm 1527
Wcwm 1528
Wcwm 1530
Wcwm 1538
Wcwm 1543
Wcwm 1571
Wcwm 1572-1
Wcwm 1586
Wcwm 1591
Wcwm 1651
Wcwm 1669-3
Wcwm 1684
Wcwm 1712
Wcwm 1713
Wcwm 1716
Wcwm 1717
Wcwm 1873-4
Wcwm 1873-5
Wcwm 2204
Wcwm 4330-10800
Wcwm 4907-1
Wcwm 9275-1258
Wcwm 9275-1333-1
Wcwm 9275-1394
Wcwm 9275-1395
Wcwm 9275-1405
Wcwm 9275-1410
Wcwm 9275-1415
Wcwm 9275-1422-1
Wcwm 9275-1446
Wcwm 9275-1510-1
Wcwm 9275-1563
Wcwm 9275-1572-1
Wcwm 9275-1626
Wcwm 9275-5471-1
Wcwm 9285-4906-1
Wcwm Unnamed No. 1
Wcwm Unnamed No. 2
Wcwm Unnamed No. 3
Wcwm Unnamed No. 4
Wcwm Unnamed No. 5
Wcwm Unnamed No. 6
Wcwm Unnamed No. 7
Wcwm Unnamed No. 8
Wcwm Unnamed No. 9
Wcwm Unnamed No. 10
Webster
The White Cloud
Williams
Youth on the Horizon


TO BE ADDED



10387Abbotsford
10280Amble
10296Anderson
10250Anstey in New Scotland
10170Arisaig
10166Black Raven
10312Blue Castlefield
stwr 3251Brousseau
10484Calgary Firefighters
10396Calgary HOG
10456Campbell Collegiate
10403Canadian Dental Association
10008Canmore Highland Games
10009Canmore Highland Games Dress
10629Cape Breton University Chemistry Society
10154Castlefield (Personal)
10392Cercle de Fermieres de Saint-Elie d'Orford
10090City of Dorval
10509City of Pointe-Claire
10494City of Sarnia
10311Clare
10310College of New Caledonia
stwr 3142Correctional Services of Canada
10527Delta Dental Association
10102Druid
30325Eastern Township
10064Forrester
5820Fraser and Kirkbright
6943Fraser's Highlanders
10288Friends of Nordegg
10291Golden Glow
8036Guzzo Check
10560Guzzo Dress
stwr 2619Hall
10027Hanly
10431Heriot Bay Local (Quadra Island)
10474Highlands of Haliburton Dress
10251Hitchens
stwr 2888Hyndman
10482International College of Dentists (Canada)
10574Iroquois Falls Centenary
10004Labrador
10198Lake Superior Ice Water Mansion
10433Lambert
10454Manitoba Cue Sports
10615Manitoba Masonic
10353Manor of Wrentnall
10093Maxem Eyewear
10011McCormick, Keith
10149McMurchie
10358Morneau
10144New Star
10178Ogg of Tarragann
10179Ogg of Tarragann Hunting
10245Payeur
7665Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
10410Perry
10279Reekie
22296Ripley
10155Rosalyn
10483Ryan / Fehder
10132Saint John
10415Salaberry-de-Valleyfield Ceremonial
10414Salaberry-de-Valleyfield Traditional
10164Snowy Owl
10165Spice of Life
10108Stephen - Mathieson
10363Stratford
10238Thormanby Island
stwr 2698Unidentified (Winnipeg)
stwr 3181Union Fire Club Pipes and Drums
10550Waters of Georgian Bay
10588Williams Arbutus
10374Wrigglesworth
10373Znaimer
10582Zorra Caledonian Society