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These are the personal tartans of the Laird with whom we are negotiating to become the head of our society. All persons of the name Donachie and its variants are granted the use the tartans by him

The Original Donachie Tartan

The Original Donachie Tartan

The Donachie Hunting Tartan

The Donachie Hunting Tartan

The Donachie of Brockloch Weathered or 'Ancient' Tartan

The Donachie of Brockloch Weathgered or Ancient Tartan

These tartans are listed in the Scottish tartans world register and are also registered with the Scottish Tartan Authority. They can be obtained from
D.C. Dalgleish Ltd,
Dunstale Mill
TEL: 044-[0]1750-20781 - FAX: 044 (0)1750-20502


Wearing the kilt

The modern day kilt, also known as the 'war' kilt or the small kilt, is correctly known as the feile (feel-ee); and is the offspring of the kilts used in the 19th century by the Scottish regiments. These kilts are pleated to stripe , lining up the horizontal stripes only. The differing tartans becoming popular following the introduction of mechanised weaving.

The Great kilt or feile ( feile-mhor (feel-ee-more - literal translation is 'big/great kilt') is simply a rectangular piece of cloth. Dimensions varied but ranged from 45" wide and 4 to 4.5 yards long to 60" widths and lengths of about 9 yards. Today the feile are made with 8 yards of material with pleats lined up vertically and horizontally to match the pattern of the tartan. and are pleated to sett, while the kilts worn by the military are pleated to stripe. In pleating to sett the pleats are lined up vertically and horizontally and will form the same overall pattern of the tartan; pleating to stripe lines up the horizontal stripes alone.

The feile-mhor, the traditional Highland plaidie (interchangeable terms) was laid on the nearest available flat space, usually the floor, then box pleated or simply bunched together at the back. The wearer then lay down on top and take the right side, bringing it over his body. He then would take the left side and bring that over on top. The plaidie than was belted on with the belt being passed under the hollow of the back.. Once the plaidie was belted you stood up with the bottom of the plaidie being around the level of your kneecaps.The wider plaidie would have a length of material hanging behind the legs which was pulled up over the left shoulder and secured with a pin, brooch or clasp.
The narrower plaidie did not have the material to pull over the shoulder and it is believed the remaining material was simply left to drape.

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