~+~ St Ninian's Day Tartan ~+~ Designed in honour of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Scotland on 16th September 2010. St. Ninian was the earliest Christian missionary to travel to Scotland and is credited with establishing the church at Whithorn. The white and red together reflect the theme of the papal visit 'heart speaks to heart'. White and yellow reflect the heraldic colours of the Vatican; white and blue represent Scotland and green for the lichens growing on the stones on Whithorn.
The original Balmoral Tartan as designed by Queen Victoria's husband. It is worn by HM Queen herself as a skirt and several members of the Royal Family but ONLY with the Queen's permission. The only other approved wearer of the Balmoral Tartan is the Queen's personal piper.
~+~+~ Maple Leaf Tartan ~+~+~ David Weiser created this beautiful tartan in 1964. While each province and territory has an individual tartan, the Maple Leaf Tartan is the only one representative of Canada. It is also used by the pipes and drums of the Royal Canadian Regiment. The four colours reflect the colours of the maple leaf as it changes through the seasons; green in spring, burnished gold in the early fall, deep red as temperatures drop, and brown after falling.
Toorak Chapler designed by Simon Armstrong. The Toorak Chapler is an original Australian design, named after the folk who regularly attend one of Melbourne's most vibrant fashion and food districts. The colours used are symbolic of the traditional sandstone and bluestone heritage architecture in the area, as well as being representative of fashion and prosperity.
~+~+~+~ Hepburn Tartan ~+~+~+~ This sett was produced for Captain Charles Hepburn in 1968 by Anderson's of Edinburgh, from an existing design. The Hepburns are associated with Hermitage Castle in Liddesdale and the history of Mary, Queen of Scots. James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell (1536-78), married the Queen after being implicated in the murder of her husband, Lord Darnley.