About the STA
The Scottish Tartans Authority was formed in 1996 by Scotland's
leading weavers and tartan retailers and enjoys a unique mix of
governors from both the private and commercial sectors. We were
immediately joined by our kindred spirit in the USA - the
International Association of Tartan Studies (IATA) and the Tartan
Educational and Cultural Association (TECA) and a representative
from those bodies serves on our Board of Governors.
For very many years the funding of the Authority's work has been
generously supported by donations from leading member companies of
the Scottish industry. The launch of the new website in February
2010 marked an end to that revenue stream and the shift to
self-sufficiency for the Authority.
We are a registered Scottish Charity with the major objective of
promoting a deeper knowledge of Scottish Tartans, their origins,
manufacture, use, history and development and we study, record and
stimulate research on the subject.
A vitally important objective has also been to compile and
maintain the International Tartan Index to record and document all
known historical tartans and to provide a free, dependable and
accountable information resource for the public and a reliable and
comprehensive database of all known tartans.
The Authority's long term aim is also to establish and develop a
visitor centre and interpretative museum relating to Scottish
Tartans worldwide that would become a major international heritage
So . . . those are the dry objectives! In simple terms we offer
a free permanent help line to the general public, weavers, tartan
and Highland dress manufacturers and retailers and members of the
press from around the world. We stimulate and promote research into
tartan and related interests, we continually add to and update our
electronic and tartan cloth archives and we design and record new
tartans for private individuals and national and international
companies. We give lectures, write articles, attend trade events
and undertake many overseas promotional visits.
If you agree with our aims and objectives then - by becoming a
Member - you too can become part of the team effort to preserve and
promote this fascinating aspect of Scottish heritage.
The Scottish Tartans Authority is a Scottish Company Limited by
Guarantee and not having a share capital under Company Number
The Authority is a Scottish Charity, recognised under Scottish
Charity Number SCO24310
J & H Mitchell W.S., 51 Atholl Road, PITLOCHRY. PH16 5BUFor
information or queries about our services, we're just a few
Our Helpline +44 (0)1764 655444 is open 24/7 (answer machine
operation after office hours) and we deal with a myriad of
questions and cries for help . . . identifying tartans . . .
advising on school projects . . . locating unusual products . . .
sourcing a special weaver . . . designing a new tartan . . .
advising on films . . . the whole gamut of the world of tartan. If
you're phoning from the UK use 0845 430 1822 for a local rate
Brian Wilton, Director
Scottish Tartans Authority
Crieff, Perthshire. PH7 4HQ. Scotland
Tel +44 (0)1764 655444 or 0845 430 1822
Fax +44 (0)1764 654242 or 0845 430 1782
Out of hours - urgent press enquiries only please!
+44 (0) 1764 65 4427 (mobile +44 (0)7785 784896)