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in The Tree House by Amy Gilpin G2G6 Pilot (160k points)

Thanks, Amy! Since I'm Madison-125, you can click on my name below. 



I am looking for a Hartley Tartan, can you help me?

Thank you,

Shonie Hartley Wahl

The Tartan Register unfortunately not supply a tartan for the name Hartley. 

I do notice there's an entry for Hartley in Black's Surnames of Scotland, which can be borrowed on Internet Archive. See page 345.

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I was always led to believe that my family surname - Carson was associated with the Skene tartan. However, in recent reference books on the various tartans, both the tartan and surname have disappeared from the records.

Can you help, please ??

One of the sites I found that helps with this sort of question is ScotClans. Using their data, it appears that Carson doesn't show any connections to the clan system, although the Acarson name does. Have you managed to document your family within Scotland? You can always avail yourself of the district tartan from the area in which they lived, or the ever-popular Flower of Scotland tartan.

I looked in a number of tartan and surname resources. There doesn't appear to be a clan affiliation and the name is likely derived from a place. There is a different name "Cariston" which is associated with Skene.
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Hello. I checked and within the families, Livingston is missing. I Looked up in the Sccotish Tartan Registry and it does exist in their database. Can you add it?
by Robert Livingston G2G Rookie (260 points)

Hi Robert

You can find the Tartan for Livingstone here:  Clan Livingstone Tartan

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I love the idea of having family tartan images attached to clan projects. However, that being said, I think the term “historical” clan tartans is misleading, as the vast majority of clans had no tartans until the 20th century, and the few before that appeared only sometime in the 19th century. Can it be considered historical if it was created in the 1960s? Perhaps there is another way to describe it, like “officially registered” tartans.
by Geoff Oosterhoudt G2G6 (7.4k points)

What you say is indeed true, Geoff, many are newly designed and registered. But there are many clan tartans that are proven to have existed in the 1700s as well. You can explore them on the Scottish Register of Tartans.

Some early examples are Gordon of Abergeldie (painted in 1723), Sutherland of Duffus (painted in 1715), etc. 

For clarification, though, I don't see that we have labeled the tartans as "historical" unless I'm missing something. We refer to the clans as historical, not the tartans. That's to distinguish between clans and families which is a whole other subject. 

Sorry, then I misunderstood the heading. I know the subject is a minefield. I descend from scores of clans myself, though I’ve only officially joined three. I have lots of brick walls regarding my Scottish ancestry. I’m just happy to see some activity on the Scottish project here… I looked at the many clans from which I descend and saw no activity, but just a placeholder, without any clan history or information. Perhaps I will get involved. I belong to a number of Facebook clan groups, and perhaps I can get people interested.

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