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Tartan Day

"It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours, that we are fighting, but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."

~ The Declaration of Arbroath, 1320

Tartan Day is a North American celebration of Scottish heritage, officially recognized by Canada in 1986 and then by the United States in 1998, and marks the date of the 'Declaration of Arbroath', the seminal letter of April 6th, 1320, submitted to Pope John XXII in 1320, and written on behalf of the earls, barons and nobles, and community of the whole Kingdom of Scotland, pledging support of King Robert the Bruce and his battle for Scottish independence. Tartan Day is now celebrated in various countries worldwide, including Australia, which chooses July 1st as their special day of recognition (the date of the Repeal Proclamation of 1782 annulling the Act of Proscription of 1747). This tartan is specially designed to visually portray both the Royal Standard of Scotland (the Lion Rampant) and the National Flag of Scotland (the Saltire). When printed or worn on the square the red and yellow prominently represents the Lion Rampant, and when printed or worn on the bias the white and blue becomes the Scottish Saltire, known also as St. Andrew’s Cross. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🦁 🦄

By designer Steven Patrick Sim, this tartan was registered in late 2014 to coincide with Saint Andrew's Day, and is embedded throughout with symbolism and story-telling by the choice of colours, geometry, and thread counts to represent Scotland's past, present and future.


For a full description of the rationale for the tartan's design, click the tartan itself to learn about the symbolic representation of: 


  • Robert the Bruce and the legend of the spider

  • the ancient saltire

  • the Scottish referendum on Independence of 2014

  • the future 700th anniversary of the Declaration in 2020

  • and the powerful and mythical chained Unicorn of Scotland


And for more about Scotland's official animal as illustrated on its coat of arms, click the unicorn for a fascinating article on the history of the unicorn.