Cunningham Tartans



Cunningham Modern Tartan

Cunningham was one of the names adopted by the MacGregors when their tartan own was proscribed. There is a similarity with the MacGregor tartan but the true origin is unknown as the claims of antiquity made in the Vestiarium Scoticum, where the Cunningham tartan was first recorded, are unreliable.


Ancient Cunningham Tartan

A variation on the Cunningham Modern Tartan is the Cunningham Ancient Tartan, which is  dyed to simulate what the Cunningham Modern Tartan would have looked like if it had been dyed with natural fruit, vegetable, herb, bark, and root dyes.

 
Cunningham Tartan
Having first appeared in Vestarium Scoticum with dark blue guarding the white, the blue had become black by the time it was recorded in both "The Tartans and Clans and Septs of Scotland" (Johnstone) and "The Clans and Tartans of Scotland" (Bain).

Cunningham Hunting Tartan
Scottish Tartans World Register:
Cunningham Hunting Clan Tartan WR1972.
Also known as Nicholson/ MacNicol hunting.

Cunningham Dress Tartan
A dress tartan made by Hugh Macpherson, a kiltmaker in Edinburgh, intended for dancing and other informal. occasions The 'dress' version of clan tartans is usually created by substituting white for one of the 'ground' colors.

 Cunningham Burgundy Dress Tartan

Another dress tartan offered by Hugh Macpherson, a kiltmaker in Edinburgh, intended for dancing and other informal occasions. Again the 'dress' version of clan tartans is usually created by substituting white for one of the 'ground' colors.

 
Cunningham Royal Blue Tartan

 
Cunningham Purple Tartan

 
Cunningham Green Tartan
 

Sources
W & A K Johnstone
Hugh Macpherson of Edinburgh
Vestiarium Scoticum
Scottish Tartans World Register

Order Samples

You can now order high quality samples of all eight Clan Cunningham tartans for about $18.00 from:



Kinloch Anderson, Highland Dress Shop
http://www.kinlochanderson.com/shop/
Commercial Street/Dock Street
Leith, Edinburgh, U.K. EH6 6EY
Write them for a catalog or just request the Cunningham sample tartans. Include credit card number with expiration date.

Link to a History of Scottish Kilts

click the picture to read A History of Scottish Kilts at www.authenticireland.com
This link recommended by the Social Studies class, Substitute Teacher Audrey Plasse, History Dept., Room W-117 at Green Mountain Central School District in Vermont.


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