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 Wm Wilson

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  Modern Tartans and Preservation of Culture

There are more Scots outside of Scotland than there are inside it.

Families who travelled all over the world are still identified as Scots, and still cherish their original homeland. It is little wonder, then, that tartan also travels the world.

The Scottish Tartans Register is the principal authority in the world on tartans and Highland dress. This replaces the Tartans Authority since 2009, and so continues the work established in 1963 on the initiative of the senior law officer on protocol and precedence in Scotland, the Lord Lyon King of Arms, Sir Thomas Innes of Learney.

It offers the most comprehensive online searchable Register of Tartans, and welcomes additions as they arise both for Registration and in appropriate instances for Accreditation.

The Scottish Register of Tartans Bill received Royal Assent on 26 November 2008. A copy of the Act can be viewed at the Office of Public Sector Information website.

The Hall of Records contains a fine library and there are two museums, one in Keith in Scotland, and the second in Franklin, North Carolina, USA. Research work is continuous and the Society's journal, called 'Tartans', publishes the research findings and other matters of interest.