Clan Donnachaidh Tartans
Three tartans are in most common use in the Clan Donnachaidh. These are Red Robertson, Hunting Robertson also known as Robertson of Kindace, and Duncan.
The Chief and his family use a tartan similar to Red Robertson with a white overstripe in the weave.
There are other tartans associated with the clan, such as "Struan" but they are difficult to
find, and for that reason rarely used. It is the weaving pattern that determines the tartan
name. Designations such as "modern," "ancient" or "old colors," and "weathered" or "reproduction,"
refer to differences in the dyes, but the weaving patterns are always the same for the same named
tartan. "Ancient" or "old colors" is supposed to be like the softer colors from old vegetable dyes.
"Weathered' or "reproduction" is supposed to be like the color of tartan that has weathered in
a peat bog for a long time. There are also some differences in color between manufacturers.
These variations are not important and are a matter of personal taste.
||This is Red Robertson Tartan. It is the oldest known tartan used by the clan. It comes in
"modern," "ancient" and "weathered" variations.
||This is Hunting Robertson also known as Robertson of Kindace. It is derived
from the Atholl District Tartan (also known as Murray of Atholl) with the addition of a white
overstripe. It also comes in the three color variations, "modern," "ancient" and "weathered."
This is Duncan Tartan or Lesley of Wardis. It is derived from the "government" tartan (also known as Black
Watch) with the addition of red, white and black overstripes. It's origins are unclear, as is its connection to the name, "Duncan."
Any Duncan is welcome to wear it. It also comes in the three color variations "modern," "ancient" and "weathered."
Tartans are very much a living tradition, and new tartans are developed often and for a variety
of reasons. Most Canadian Provinces and several US states have tartans. There is a US Bicentenial tartan. There is even
a California Highway Patrol tartan. There are no real rules about wearing tartans. Good
manners tell us not to wear tartans reserved for special people like the British Royal Family
and our Chief and his family. Apart from that, choose what you like and wear it with pride.