Glasgow Tartan

The Glasgow tartan can be dated with certainty to the beginning of the 19th century. Full details of the pattern appear in Messrs Wilson of Bannockburn’s 1819 Key Pattern Book, but it also appears in Wilson papers dating from 1800. The pattern lay dormant for many years until it was revived in the 1960s. Wilsons are known to have applied the names of town and cities to patterns where they sold well, or had been obtained from. No other reason can be found to link the pattern with the place. Present day usage defines this as a “district” pattern, suitable for use by persons having links with the place, or as a memento of their visit.

It is possible that this was one of the tartans favoured by the fashionable ladies of Edinburgh, who disapproved of the Act of Union and were anti-government and pro-Jacobite in their sympathies. As a sign of their feelings, they were wont to wear tartan plaids and silken scarves. Since it belongs to no clan, it is one of those setts which anyone not possessing a tartan of his or her own is entitled to wear. It’s age is unknown but it almost certainly existed at the beginning of the 18th century.

Glasgow TartanGlasgow Tartan Scarf

Cerise and grass green squareswith touches of navy blue.