Lord Thomson of Fleet created the Thompson blue tartan. The design was submitted to Lord Lyons' office in 1958 and was recognized as Lord Thomson and his family's dress tartan. This lovely tartan is blue, white, red, yellow, and black in color.
The Thompson name comes from Thomas Thompson, who worked for James VI of Scotland before he became James I of England. He was made Earl of Dumfries in 1603 and given lands in Nithsdale, which included the village of Cumnock. These estates were given to him in return for his service in fighting against Spain during their invasion of Europe.
In 1831, William Thompson, then 7th earl of Ducie, married Anne Louise d'Orléans, daughter of King Louis-Philippe of France and queen Marie-Amélie. She was a great-great-granddaughter of King Louis XIV of France. The wedding took place at St. George's, Hanover Square, London. It was a very grand ceremony with hundreds of guests attending. The bride wore a gown made of gold silk embroidered with diamonds and other precious stones. She had 36 carat gold shoes made for the occasion.
The couple had three children: two daughters and a son who died in infancy. So, only the daughter survived to adulthood.
Sutherland tartan is available in navy blue, forest green, red, black, and white. It is one of the most popular tartans in the world.
Sutherland was first created in 1680 by John MacKay, a Scottish merchant who lived in Londonderry. He took a print of an Indian map that he had seen and added colors from these different tribes. Thus, the first official presentation of Sutherland was a red-and-black check pattern. Today, this tartan is known worldwide as a symbol of Scotland. The forest green version was used to make the uniforms of military officers in Canada between 1856 and 1960.
The design itself is made up of six panels: three red and three black. The proportions are about 40:30:20, which means that for every 100 units of the tartan, 40 will be found on red fabric, 30 on black, and 20 shared between the two colors. However, some manufacturers may vary from this formula and there may be other factors that affect how much each color is used. For example, some navy blue skeins may have more black than red in them while others might have more red than black.
Yellow, bottle green, burgundy, and black are the colors of the MacMillan tartan. This design is referred to as a "contemporary tartan." We also have antique and weathered variants, as well as historic and current hunting tartans.
The Macmillan company was founded in 1616 in Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh. They are still one of the world's leading manufacturers of quality yarns for knitting and crochet projects. The company name comes from Alexander Macmillan who was an 18th-century Scottish merchant known for his extensive travels in Asia.
Macmillan tartan fabrics are available from many brands. (See our Macmillan tartan page for more information.) You can also find products that feature multiple Macmillan tartans or hybrid patterns that use several different tartans simultaneously.
As you can see, the Macmillan tartan is a vibrant pattern with many variations. It's easy to create unique clothing items by combining different Macmillan tartan components. For example, you could wear a yellow skirt with a purple sweater for a modern look that's not common with this traditional pattern.