Jacobite Tartan

About the Jacobite Tartan

The Jacobite tartan is said to have been popular in 1707 when Lowlanders wore it as a protest against the Union of the Parliament. The tartan was also worn by participants in the Jacobite Rising of 1715. The word Jacobite comes from the Latinate form of James.

The English put a stop to the Jacobite movement and started with the Disarming Act of 1746, which banned tartan on penalty of imprisonment, then deportation. Some groups were exempt from the ban, for example the military and this only fuelled the desire to wear tartan further. The Highland Society of London formed in 1778 and succeeded in repealing the ban in 1782.