The most popular among kilted males at clan
grey-based sett respects the tradition of using muted colours to
avoid attracting the attention of game when shooting or stalking. It was taken
from a shawl given by Lord Lovat to his daughter when she married Cluny of the
This sett was
provided by Duncan of the Kiln, and is wrongly confused with the Caledonia
tartan: it is probably more elegant in the
A smart, light coloured tartan which can be worn
by both men and women, although it
would carry, especially with the white base, the preference of women for their
sash and frock. The clan carries the distinction of being one of the few to
boast a white tartan, and the crimson (now a mauve) line is said to have been
added after 1689 to represent Macpherson blood spilt at the battle of Killiecrankie.
Sadly, the sett itself is much maligned as a suspected commercial
invention of the Sobieski-Stewarts.
This plaid is claimed as
a 'Gillespie' by Scott Adie, and is registered as #1361 on the House of Tartan
website. There is no reason to class it as a 'clan' tartan.