Lt. Col Peter MacDonald

The Clan Hay Society’s next lecture will take place on Saturday 23 April at 7.00 pm UK time, via Zoom.   The speaker will be tartan historian, Lt. Col. Peter MacDonald.

Peter is the leading tartan historian of our age and the Honorary Head of Research & Collections for the Scottish Tartans Authority.

He has been studying and researching tartan for the past 40 years and is an authority on 18th and early 19th century patterns and weaving techniques. He consulted on the National Museum of Scotland’s 2019 Wild and Majestic exhibition and other projects, including the forthcoming Victoria &Albert Museum tartan Exhibition. His research led to the rediscovery a number of historically important relics associated with the ’45 including the Culloden Coat and Alexander MacDonald of Glenaladale’s plaid. He is the author of The 1819 Key Pattern Book – One Hundred Original Tartans and has lectured widely.

His lecture is titled, The development of Clan Tartans with particular reference to those of Clan Hay.

 In the course of his talk, Peter will explore the development of clan tartans in the context of the Highland Revival (1780-1840), the influences and key personalities in the story of Scotland’s national textile, looking specifically at the Hay tartans, He will examine the earliest example form the late 18th century design by Wilsons of Bannockburn, through the designs of the Sobieski Stuart Brothers, to the recently designed Hunting tartan.

Please email alan.hay@carreraslathane.com for an invitation to the Zoom meeting.   Numbers are limited and priority will be given to members of the Clan Hay Society.