Tartan is an amazing piece of checkered clothing that looks fantastic on kilts, jackets, and waistcoats. But a lot more goes into making them. Tartans are associated with clans and only the people from that clan can wear them. Each tartan has its own unique history and story behind it. But we’re not going to discuss the histories behind all the tartans. However, we’re going to dig deeper into the history and story of the 5 most popular tartans. See Also: What Are Religious Tartans Black Watch Tartan Black Watch is a very popular tartan that was founded during the battles of the regiment of Scotland. Originally, it was called “The Government Tartan” and “Grant Hunt Tartan”. It is not yet confirmed on why the name was changed to Black Watch tartan but many people believe that the tartan name was derived from the dark tartan uniforms of the warriors. However, this doesn’t just end here, other people believe that the name is referring to Black Hearts of the opposed. The tartan was first worn by the soldiers in the early 17th century and now it has completed more than 300 years, which is really amazing. The Black Watch Tartan wasn’t allowed for civilians, only the soldiers, and warriors could wear them but now the times have changed and anyone can wear it. Royal Stewart Tartan The Royal Stewart tartan was originated from the royal house of Stewart and its founder was King Robert II who was directly related to Scottish Kings. Additionally, the Royal Stewart Tartan is Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite and that might be the reason behind its huge popularity. It is forbidden to wear the Royal Stewart tartan and only the queen and the royal family members can wear it. But due to high public demand, the Royal Stewart was converted to a universal tartan which means anyone can wear it anywhere in the world. Hamilton Grey Tartan The Hamilton Grey Tartan was originated from the Hamilton clan. They were the true supporters of Robert the Bruce. After winning the battle of Bannockburn, they were given the town of Cadzow as a gift and later on, they renamed it to Hamilton. Their family used to live in a grand palace, which was known as Hamilton palace and it was considered as the single biggest non-royal residence in the entire Europe. Mackenzie Modern Tartan The Mackenzie Modern tartan belongs to the Mackenzie clan and they were from the highland regions of Scotland. Like Hamiltons, they were also the supporter of Robert the Bruce. The Mackenzie clan was famous for having belligerent people and they always picked fights with McDonald and other clans. During the rise of Jacobites, many people in the Mackenzie clan left and there were always fights taking place in between the clan members. However, the clan is going strong today and their chief lives in the Castle Leod. Ramsay Tartan Last but not least is the Ramsay tartan that originated from the Ramsay clan and they were located in Edinburgh. The Ramsay clan was very active during many wars in Scotland like the Scottish independence war, the Anglo Scottish war, and many others. They had two castles dedicated to them, one in Angus and the other one in Midlothian. There were and are many famous personalities such as Gordon Ramsay, John William Ramsay, and Allan Ramsay, that belong to the Ramsay clan.