Originally Posted by Dburr
Clan connections to specific tartans is a fanciful myth.
Well, yes and no....
I wear a kilt on occasion and have spent some time considering this subject. As I understand it... When George the IV made his grand procession to Edinburgh in 1830 most of the highland clan chiefs were told to wear their clan tartans. However, because highlanders wore pretty much whatever tartan was available or struck their fancy, most had no idea what their clan tartan was. And they were kind of in a panic. Wilson's of Bannockburn was a major supplier of wool tartan cloth at the time and when the chiefs appealed to Wilson's for their clan Tartans, the firm more or less assigned tartans based on what their records showed had been purchased most often. Most of those assignments stuck...even among highland Scots. So, while it is true that the Sobieski brothers made up most of the clan associations in 1842 with their treatise Vestiarium Scoticum
at least some of those associations were drawn from the records of Wilson's of Bannockburn. In any case, you now have almost 200 years of certain tartans being associated with clans and even contemporary Scots honour those associations. If 200 years isn't enough of a tradition to make it credible then no amount of time would. In passing, it might be noted that ther are no credible records of the kilt being worn prior to the late 16th. century. No kilts for William Wallace (Braveheart), IOW.