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Robertson Tartan

Clan Henderson is the 2017 honored clan for the Middle Tennessee Highland Games and Celtic Festival. This is to honor Judge Richard Henderson, co-founder of Nashville. Read more about Clan Henderson

Anderson Tartan Clan Anderson

The surname Anderson along with MacAndrew (son of Andrew) and Gillanders (servant of St Andrew) is common throughout Scotland particularly in the Lowlands and the North East.
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Armstrong Tartan Clan Armstrong

"Armstrong" first appears as a formal name in written records in 1235. It is believed to have originated in the early 1000s when a grateful King of Scots bestowed "Armstrong" upon his armor bearer after a battlefield rescue.
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Bruce Tartan Clan Bruce

It is possible to trace the descendancy of this famous clan to Normandy, France in the 11th century.
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Buchanan Tartan Clan Buchanan

The Buchanan name has been grounded in the lands surrounding the shores of Loch Lomond since 1225, when a grant by the Earls of Lennox to Sir Absalon of Buchanan...
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Campbell Tartan Clan Campbell

The surname of Campbell derives from the Gaelic 'cam-beul' which means 'crooked mouth,' and possibly relates to the physiognomy of an early chief.

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Davidson Tartan Clan Davidson

Through the marriage of Donald Dubh Comyn of Invernahavon to Slane, daughter of Angus, 6th Mackintosh of Mackintosh, David, their son, sought protection from his uncle William...

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Donnachaidh Tartan Clan Donnachaidh

The clan's first recognised chief, Donnchadh Reamhar, "Stout Duncan", son of Andrew de Atholia (Latin"Andrew of Atholl"), was a minor land-owner and leader of a kin-group around Dunkeld, Highland Perthshire
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Donald Tartan Clan Donald

In place of his father Donald, Alasdair MacDonald and his mother the Countess of Ross went to Inverness and were immediately imprisoned.
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Douglas Tartan Clan Douglas

In Gaelic, dubh means black, and glas means grey. These are the main shades used in the tartan. The earliest recorded Douglas seems to be William of Douglas, but from whom he was descended is unknown.
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Elliot Tartan Clan Elliot

The Elliots of Redheugh appear as early as 1400. According to clan tradition, Robert Ellot of Redheugh, 10th Chief, was made Captain of a tower overlooking the Hermitage Water, north of Newcastleton.
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Fraser Tartan Clan Fraser

The Frasers originated from Anjou in Normandy and accompanied William the Conqueror to England in 1066.
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Gordon Tartan Clan Gordon

The name Gordon is territorial and the family who took the name are believed to have been of Anglo-Norman descent, moving from the Borders to Aberdeenshire.
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Graham Tartan Clan Graham

There is a legend that says the Antonine Wall was broken by Greme, a great Caledonian chief, as he drove the Roman legions out of his country.
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Gregor Tartan Clan Gregor

The MacGregor‘s motto ‘My blood is royal’ is their claim to royal descent.
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Gunn Tartan Clan Gunn

The Norse word gunnr means war. Living between Caithness and Sutherland...
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Hall Tartan Clan Hall

Scottish history indicates that the name "Hall", is a Norman surname. The name Hall, was found in Lincolnshire, England where they were granted lands after the Norman Conquest in 1066. Upon entering England, the Halls were actually members of the Fitz William family...
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Henderson Tartan Clan Henderson

Henderson, Henry and Hendry are names so closely tied and so widespread it is not possible to determine one single line as being the first.
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Keith Tartan Clan Keith

The surname is of territorial origin and taken from the lands of Keith in East Lothian, although tradition has it that the Keiths descend from the Catti, a Germanic tribe, one of whose number emigrated to Scotland and gained favour with Malcolm II.
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Kerr Tartan Clan Kerr

The vikings termed marsh dwellers “kjrr”. When their descendants arrived in Britain from Normandy with William the Conqueror the term had become a name with the forms Ker and Kerr, also Carr and Carre. From Arran on the Celtic West Coast comes a claim that the name is derived... Read more about Clan Kerr

Lockhart Tartan Clan Lockhart

The Clan Lockhart arrived in Scotland among the waves of Normans who arrived after the Norman invasion of England in 1066.

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Macdougall Tartan Clan MacDougall

The Clan MacDougal is the senior branch of the princely House of Somerled, descending from his eldest son Dougal or Dugald.

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Macdowell Tartan Clan MacDowell

The name is from the district of Galloway which itself was named after the Galli or Gaelic settlers of the seventh and eight centuries. Many legends surround the foundation of the princedom of Galloway... Read more about Clan MacDowell

MacFie Tartan Clan MacFie

Since 1981, the Clan Macfie has been officially registered with the Court of the Lord Lyon, which is the heraldic authority of Scotland
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MacKinnon Tartan Clan MacKinnon

A branch of Clan Alpin, descended from Kenneth MacAlpin, through Fingon (Gaelic for “Fair Born”) Findanus (4th Chief) married a Norse princess and acquired the castle of Dunakin on Skye.
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MacKintosh Tartan Clan MacKintosh

The founder of the Mackintosh clan is reputed to have been Shaw MacDuff, second son of the Earl of Fife, and a member of the royal house of Dalriada.

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MacMillan Tartan Clan MacMillan

The surname in Gaelic means “Son of the bald one,” and Malcolm Mor Macmillan appears in Knapdale with a Charter from the Lord of the Isles in 1360. 

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MacNeil Tartan Clan MacNeil

Niall came to the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides around 1094 and is commonly held to be the first chief of the clan.Read more about Clan MacNeil

Macleod Tartan Clan Macleod

Descended from the Norse kings of Man and the North Isles, the clan of MacLeod comprised two main branches, the MacLeods of Skye and the MacLeods of Lewis.

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MacTavish Tartan Clan MacTavish

The name MacTavish is derived from the phoenetic pronunciation of MacTamhais which means “Son of Tammais” (Son of Thomas).Read more about Clan MacTavish

Matheson Tartan Clan Matheson

The name Matheson has been attributed to the gaelic ‘Mic Mhathghamhuin’ meaning ‘son of the bear’ or alternatively ‘son of the heroes’. Traditionally, the clan descends from a twelfth century Gilleoin, who is thought to have been a scion of the ancient royal house of Lorne.
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Montgomery Tartan Clan Montgomery

The name of Montgomery derives from an ancient Norman family, who held the Castle of St. Foy de Montgomery near Lisieux, in France. Read more about Clan Montgomery

Murray Tartan Clan Murray

Freskin de Moravia, a Flemish nobleman in the 12th century, is the ancestor of this Clan. In all probability, he accompanied David I on his return from England to Scotland in 1124.

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Oliphant Tartan Clan Oliphant

The Oliphants were a Norman family who first held lands in England, Lilford, Northamptonshire. In 1080, William is the first Olifard for whom there is contemporary evidence of the surname being used.
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Sinclair Tartan Clan Sinclair

The proud and noble Scottish family of Sinclair (St. Clair) is of hearty Viking stock with duel roots extending more than a millennium back in time to the ancient Norse earldoms of Orkney and Caithness and the dukedom of Normandy.
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Stewart Tartan Clan Stewart

The Stewart family records its traditional descent from Banquo, Thane of Lochaber, who makes an appearance as a character in William Shakespeare's MacBeth. Historically, however, the family appears to be descended from an ancient family who were senechals of Dol in Brittany. Read more about Clan Stewart

Wallace Tartan Clan Wallace

In old Latin documents the term Walensis is used to designate the Welsh, but in Scotland is more commonly used as a native name meaning a Strathclyde Briton and not, as is often thought, a Welshman coming in the train of the Norman French.
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Young Tartan Clan Young

The name Young was originally used to distinguish a son from his father when they shared a common forename. It was also used in the case of multiple sons by the father’s heir. Consequently this is a fairly common surname in Scotland, being frequently found in the Borders region and also the Northeast regions of Angus and Kincardineshire.
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