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Hi Pals

I'm on the look out for some good clear colour images of Regimental Tartans/kilts from the 1914-18 period. I know some pals have Scottish uniforms in or as their collection . Or maybe some of you are reenactor's who specialise in the scottish infantry

either way I would be very pleased if any of you could help.

Kindest Regards

Chris

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I have the colours in plates from the book "Robert Bain's Clans & Tartans of Scotland". They scan to decent images if you need any or are you looking for actual images of the kilts? If so, from above or below?

What tartans are you looking for?

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Hi Laughton,

I do have quite a large number of Tartan images, what I'm really after is images maybe from a collection of Authentic or based on original Regimental Kilts, to get the sett sizes correct for that period. I could be wrong but I think some modern day Regimental tartans, differ in size of sett, pattern (Forgive me if I'm wrong)

I'm after all the Scottish infantry Tartans or at least as many as I can get

Here are a couple of examples as to what I'm aiming for. These are copies of Kilts from that period Seaforth and Cameron

but the image is not clear enough for what I need. I hope all this makes sense :unsure:

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Kindest Regards

Chris

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Chris,

This is verbatim out of the 1915 Priced Vocabulary for Tartans of Regular Regiments (and TF units with-out special Tartans).

No. 1 (42nd) Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Royal Highlanders

Alternate dark green and blue stripes (about 2 ¼ inches) separated by black stripes (about 1 inch) each way as a groundwork. Green stripes intersected by narrow black stripes and blue stripes intersected by double narrow black stripes.

No. 2 (McKenzie) Seaforth Highlanders

Alternate blue and green stripes (about 2 inches) separated by black stripes (about ¾ inch) each way as a groundwork. Green stripes intersected by narrow white stripes (edged in black) 5 ½ inches apart and alternate blue stripes intersected by narrow scarlet stripes 11 inches apart.

No. 3 (Gordon) Gordon Highlanders

Groundwork as for No. 1. Green stripes intersected by narrow yellow stripes, about 6 ½ inches apart.

No.4 (Cameron) Cameron Highlanders

Alternate blue stripes (about 3 ¼ inches) and green stripes (about 3 ½ inch) each way as a groundwork. Green stripes intersected by four scarlet stripes and the blue stripes intersected by two scarlet stripes and a yellow stripe. A scarlet stripe also divides the blue and black stripes. The yellow check is about 9 inches square.

No.5 (McKenzie) Highland Light Infantry

Alternate dark green and blue stripes (about 2 1/3 inches) separated by black stripes (about 1 inch) each way as a groundwork. Green stripes intersected by white stripes 7 inches apart and alternate blue stripes intersected by scarlet stripes 14 inches apart.

No.6 (Douglas) Scottish Rifles

Alternate green stripes (about 3 inches) and blue stripes (about 2 ½ inches) each way as a groundwork. Green stripes intersected by a light blue stripe (about ¾ inch) which is divided by a narrow black stripe. Blue stripes intersected by narrow white stripes about 5 ½ inches apart each way

No.7 (Leslie) Kings Own Scottish Borderers

Alternate dark green stripes (about 3 inches) and blue stripes (about 3 inches) divided by black stripe (about 1 ¼ inches) each way as a groundwork. Blue stripes intersected by narrow scarlet stripe and green stripes by narrow black stripe; the black and the green stripes intersected by narrow white stripes about 5 ½ inches apart, with over check of about 3 inches distant on each side.

No.8 (Hunting Stewart) Royal Scots

Alternate dark green stripes (about 2 inches) and blue stripes (about 2 ½ inches) separated by black stripes (about 3/8 inches) each way as a groundwork. Green stripes intersected by narrow yellow and scarlet stripes alternately, and blue stripes intersected by one green stripe. In each alternate square a green stripe divides the black and blue stripes.

Scots Guards (Royal Stewart) Scots Guards and Pipers, Royal Highlanders

Scarlet groundwork intersected by broad black, blue and green stripes with narrow white, black and yellow stripes.

In issue 273 of Militaria Magazine (April 2008) I published part 1 of an article on Scottish Highlanders with Pictures of Original Kilts with pics of TF distinctions (note: in the Article the Cameron Kilt was colored manipulated by the Magazine and the yellow stripes dont show now so a better quality version of the same photo will posted in part II.

Joe Sweeney

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Attached is a picture of a Liverpool Scottish Forbes tartan kilt from WW1 (the sporran is a much later one ).

A problem seems to be that tartans fade over time but this sometimes makes the mixture of colours making up the sett clearer,if that makes sense

P.B.

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Okay, that makes sense. What my wee book gives is just a picture and the history of the clan.

Here is an example, in case others need this at any time.

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Thank you Pbrydon and laughton.

Joe thank you very much for your comprehensive posting that is a huge help.

Kindest Regards

Chris.

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Here is a digitally remastered copy of my Great Uncle Charlie in his Seaforth (Mackenzie) kilt, it's pretty clear.

John

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