Culloden Tartan

About the Culloden Tartan

The Culloden tartan is said to have been worn by Prince Charles Edward's attendants at the battle of Culloden 1746. The colours were not so bright in those days given the natural sources of dye rather than today's synthetic dyes which give us the bright colour shades. The Culloden tartan can be used by anyone regardless of their clan affiliation.

The battle of Culloden in 1746 saw the end of Jacobite claims to the throne. Many Highlanders, but by no means all, had backed the losing side of Prince Charles Edward Stuart. The great importance of Tartan and associated dress to Highland Culture at this time can be deduced from the fact that the government banned it from 1746-82.