How to apply to register a tartan
To apply to register a tartan, you need to have designed a unique tartan for which you must provide a threadcount, an image and a proposed tartan name. We strongly advise you to submit an application to register your tartan before having it woven to ensure it meets the criteria for registration.
Criteria for registration
The Scottish Register of Tartans Act has established clear criteria for the inclusion of a tartan in the Register:
a new tartan must meet the definition of tartan contained in the Scottish Register of Tartans Act (2008)
it must be a new design, unique to the Register, and
there must be a clear link between the person registering the tartan and the proposed tartan name.
The application for registration fee of £70 (exempt from VAT) must accompany your application.
The designer of a tartan is the person who created the sett or pattern. This may be an individual or a company name. If more than one person was responsible for the tartan, please include all the appropriate surnames in this field and provide full names in the Rationale (background information) field.
Please ensure all listed designers have given their permission.
If the designer is unknown, please enter ‘Unknown’ in the designer field.
Please use the drop down boxes to enter the date when the tartan was created.
If the tartan is an historical design, please provide an approximate date, or the date of any surviving evidence of when the tartan was first worn, used or recorded (as far as you are aware).
Rationale (background information)
The information you provide in this field will be used to support the proposed name and category of your tartan. It is limited to a maximum of 1,000 characters and may be edited. This information will be published on the Register if your application is successful though the Scottish Register of Tartans reserve the right to amend the wording of rationale in order to ensure that it complies with the necessary criteria.
The rationale must not contain abbreviations or any information that is not factually correct. Statements must be solely associated with the person, persons or organisation applying to have their tartan registered. Only titles recognised by the Court of the Lord Lyon in Scotland may be used in the rationale.
The rationale should ideally include details of:
- Why this tartan was created, or registered if not a new design?
- What prompted you to choose the tartan name?
- For tartans designed for a specific district or location, authority is required from the local governing body or their representative. Details of the body or person providing the authority shall be included.
- Tartans commemorating a specific event should include some background information that explains how the tartan is linked to that event. Where the event is part of an official commemoration then authority to register the design on behalf of the organisation coordinating the event should accompany the application.
- The rationale can also include factual information that supports why the colours were selected but this is not essential.