Georgia District Tartan

Georgia State Tartan

Official State Tartan of Georgia

The Georgia District Tartan was officially recognized as a state symbol of Georgia in 1997. All State Tartans

Quote from Tartans of Scotland; "The Georgia District Tartan commemorates the founding of the State of Georgia and combines elements in the design associated with its historic past. General Oglethorpe commanded the Highland Independent Company of Foot which, in 1746, wore the Black Watch tartan. Captain John 'Mohr' MacIntosh is remembered in the MacIntosh red. Georgia tartan is much in evidence at the annual Stone Mountain Highland Games held in Atlanta, Georgia's capital."

Excerpt from House Bill No. 644

"... WHEREAS, the Georgia tartan was introduced to the public for the first time in 1982 at the First International Gathering of the Scottish Clans ever held in the United States at the Stone Mountain Highland Games and Scottish Festival; and

WHEREAS, the Georgia tartan was designed at the request of the Stone Mountain Highland Games, Inc., by the Scottish Tartan Society in Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland, and presented to Governor George Busbee in 1982 in honor of Georgia’s 250th birthday. On October 1, 1996, the Scottish Tartans Society issued its Certificate of Accreditation for this tartan; and

WHEREAS, both the pattern and colors of the Georgia Tartan are a reflection of this state’s strong ties with Scotland. The pattern, or “sett,” comes from the earliest known Mackintosh tartan; it was John Mohr Mackintosh and his Oglethorpe, repulse Spanish invaders and keep Georgia a British Colony; and

WHEREAS, the red and light blue come from the Royal Tartan from the reign of King George II, which was worn by the Royal Company of Archers, the King’s personal bodyguards in Scotland. The green and black are from what once was the “government” pattern worn by Mackintosh’s troops and since has become world famous as the tartan worn by the Royal Highland Regiment, “The Black Watch”; and

WHEREAS, Peter McDonald, the great Scottish tartan weaver and tartan design expert who designed the Georgia tartan and wove it for the first time, said he selected the color blue for the beautiful Georgia sky, the red for our rich red Georgia clay, and the green for our beautiful forests; and

WHEREAS, the Georgia tartan is so special because this state’s very history is woven into the fabric. It is a tartan any Georgia Scot and any proud Georgian can wear with pride.


(a) The Georgia tartan is designated as the official tartan of Georgia.

(b) The Georgia tartan is that tartan accredited in Certificate Number 96027 by the Council of the Scottish Tartans Society of Scotland and is described as follows: 72 green, 4 black, 4 green, 4 black, 6 green, 24 black, 20 azure, 40 red.”

What is a Tartan?

Tartan is defined as a cloth with a twill weave (usually made of wool) using a unique pattern of multicolored stripes in both directions, and accepted by some group as "theirs." Tartans represent clans (families) or regions in Scotland.  In old Scotland, the tartan was used for clothing. Because a family or community worked the cloth together, their clothing was made of the same patterns. In the eighteenth century Clan Tartans were adopted and a person could be recognized by the tartan they wore. Tartans can also be designed as a symbol to commemorate a special event or person.

A tartan pattern is traditionally called a "sett." When woven, the sett is mirrored in all directions and defined by a particular thread count.



Stone Mountain Highland Games, Atlanta, Georgia