Reassessing Tartan History

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  • Scotland

  • 31 October 2018

  • 12:30
  • Free

Dr Sally Tuckett, Lecturer, Dress and Textile Histories, University of Glasgow The history of tartan is a complex one that touches on rebellion and loyalty, royalty and non-elites, and fashion and function. Its association with Jacobitism and its more recent use as an indicator of national identity means that it is also often ascribed with many romanticised meanings and messages, but its popularity can also be attributed to its versatility and aesthetic qualities. This talk will use the records of William Wilson & Son of Bannockburn, pre-eminent tartan manufacturers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to explore how and why tartan became so popular in this period. 

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