Author Caroline Young take a comprehensive look at the history of tartan, from its origin in the Scottish Highlands to its reinvention in both street fashion and haute couture to mimic aristocracy or act as a symbol of rebellion.

Tartan suit by Vivienne Westwood

Above: Suit in Bruce of Kinnaird tartan, part of the Anglomania collection designed by Vivienne Westwood, London, autumn/winter 1993/1994.

Header image: Short tartan frock coat with velvet collar and cuffs and lined in wool twill and linen, supposedly belonged to Bonnie Prince Charlie: mid 18th century.

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Jacobites blog posts

Go behind the scenes of our major exhibition, Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites.

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

Discover a compelling story of loyalty, loss, rebellion and retribution in this major exhibition.

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites events

Explore our programme of events exploring the themes of the exhibition Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites.
Event information


30 Sep 2017
14:00–15:00 (doors open 13:45)


Auditorium, Level 1

How much

Free, but booking required

Booking information

Age 14+

Book in person at our museums, call 0300 123 6789 or book online

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