+~+~+~ BAILLIE TARTAN ~+~+~+ Baillies are first recorded in 1311. The family's fortunes began to decline after their lands were forfeited for their part in the Battle of Langside on the side of Mary, Queen of Scots. Robert Baillie of Jerviswood (1623-84), was the civil and religious reformer executed for his views. His family were forced to flee to Holland. The Baillies started the building of Mellerstain House and are the ancestors of the present earls of Haddington.
~+~+~+ MacLeod Tartan +~+~+~ This most recognizable MacLeod tartan is best known as “loud” MacLeod, a yellow tartan with three broad black bands and a narrow red line. The MacLeods were a powerful clan and had great influence in the Highlands. The 13th chief, Rory Mor, was knighted in 1603 by James VI. They supported King Charles II at Worcester in 1651, when almost 700 MacLeods are said to have been killed. They did not support the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745.
MacDonald of the Isles tartan--According to Brian Thomson at Scots Family: The surname McSwain originates from the isle of Skye, meaning “son of Swan” meaning “sveinn”, or "boy" in Old Norse. In 1726 a John McSwain is recorded in Back, on Skye. The name has no association with McSween or McQueen. The McDonalds were the principal Clan on Skye. McSwain is a sept of McDonald/MacDonald.
~+~+~+ MacTavish Tartan +~+~+ The surname MacTamhais is Gaelic for the modern spelling of MacTavish. The Clan was seated in their Charter lands of Dunardarie where they were one of the clans known as "the children of the mist". The Dalriadic Kingdom of Dunadd is on Dunardarie Lands. During the period known as the Jacobite uprisings, the MacTavish were sympathetic to placing the Stuarts back on the throne, as was their right.
~+~+~+~ Wallace Tartan ~+~+~+~ In the 12th century Richard Wallace obtained lands at Riccarton, Ayrshire. The Wallaces refused to do homage to Edward I of England and Sir William, who led a band of patriots, harried the English, and his constant raids on their fortresses made them hate and fear him. His bravery and leadership inspired others to support his struggle for Scottish independence. He was betrayed to the English and taken to London, where he was executed in 1305.
+~+~+~ Colquhoun Tartan ~+~+~+ This clan takes its name from the county of Dunbarton. These lands were granted by Malcolm, Earl of Lennox in the time of Alexander ll. After a horrible battle with the MacGregors in 1602 the Colquhouns were defeated and their chief killed. The MacGregors were proscribed and their name forbidden under pain of death. At the end of the 18th century the chiefs of the two clans finally met and shook hands on the very site of the former slaughter.
+~+~+~ Culloden Tartan ~+~+~+ This tartan is well known to many, not only because of its vivid colouring but also because of the story surrounding its origin which associated it with the famous battle at Culloden Moor in 1746, thus making it one of the oldest surviving tartan designs. Scots fought on both sides and the battle was very emotional as the Clans lost their right to wear their plaid colors, play the bagpipes or publicly meet as a family group.
+~+~+ MacKintosh Tartan +~+~+ Derived from the Gaelic "mac an tiosich" or "son of the leader or chief". The clan descends from the royal house of Duff. The chief and his clansmen supported Robert the Bruce as well as the Jacobite cause in 1715. In modern times, Charles Macintosh invented the Macintosh raincoat and Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) was an innovative and influential architect including the Glasgow School of Art and Queen's Cross Church.
+~+~+~ MacMillan Tartan ~+~+~+ Clan MacMillan has its roots in an ancient royal house and from the orders of the Celtic church. The progenitor of the clan was Gillie Chriosd, one of the sons of the Cormac, the Bishop of Dunkeld. The MacMillan family were not noted as Jacobites, but tradition states that two sons of John MacMillan of Murlagan carried the Lochiel from where he fell on Culloden field. Prince Charles Edward Stewart made his last stand from the MacMillan home in Arkaig.
~++~+~ Lamont Tartan ~+~+~+ This beautiful tartan is predominantly green, light blue, black and white. This clan descends from the original Scots who crossed the sea from Ireland, where their original name meant “lawgiver”, to found the kingdom of Dalriada. The kindred of Comgall is mentioned as one of the three principal kindreds in the ancient “Account Of The Men Of Scotland”.