|“Ross”. A plate illustrated by R. R. McIan, from James Logan’sThe Clans of the Scottish Highlands, published in 1845.|
Happy National Tartan Day, a national holiday for all Scottish-Americans and the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. If you are interested in seeing what your clan’s tartan looks like, visit the official Tartan Register.
I think I’ll take myself out to lunch (no haggis!) to celebrate, but first a bit on Clan Ross, a Highland Scottish clan I belong to courtesy of my Aberdeenshire grandfather, William Watson Ross. He and I are descendants of a long line of Rosses who married other Rosses…in Ross-shire. And yes, I have several heather walls where I can’t distinguish my Rosses from the others living in the same place.
Clan Ross has four tartans, but I must admit there are so many variations on the Web that I’ve chosen the ones I like best, which is not exactly rigorous historical research. Here they are:
1. Ross Dress tartan (modern & ancient):
2. Ross Hunting tartan (modern & ancient):
3. Ross Hunting Weathered tartan:
4. Ross Red Hunting tartan (as seen in that ancestor of mine above):