Without seeing a color picture I can only guess as to what you actually
received. A lot of tartans have both a dress tartan--usually a white or red
background, and a hunting sett--which is a darker background. Most tartan
books show the dress tartan unless there is only one tartan for the name and
it is predominately dark.
So I am assuming, that when the tartan for Maclaine of Lochbuie was ordered,
just the name was given without spicifying whether it was the dress or
hunting tartan. I know there is a red and a dark blue one for Maclaine of
I would suggest using most any search engine and search for "Scottish
tartans" and you should find a number of web sites that have colored
pictures of various tartans. When doing a search, be sure to specify
"MacLaine of Lochbuie, hunting."
One good source you might want to look up is the Scottish Tartans Museum in
I hope this has been of some help in clarifying the mystery for you. If you
have any further questions, please feel free to write and ask. I used to
work in a Scottish import store so I am familiar with many tartans. Also,
tartans have been a big part of my Scottish heritage research.
Best of luck,
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 1999 3:38 PM
Subject: [albanach] Tartan Question
>I'm making tartan cummerbunds for an upcoming wedding. The pattern is
>supposed to be McFadden which is a sept of Maclaine of Lochbuie..... . The
>tartan in the books I have is scarlet, with blue and yellow. The tartan I
>received to make these is navy with green, red, and narrow white lines. Is
>there somewhere I can verify that this is also a tartan for McFadden. I'd
>hate to make these and have the groom say??? They are out of state and I
>won't have time to redo them if it's wrong. Where can I research this
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