As a keen 'amateur' historian and marketing specialist Brian
Wilton first got involved with tartans through the old Scottish
Tartans Society in Comrie in 1987 where he acted as Honorary
The Tartans Society wound up and
the Scottish Tartans Authority (STA) was
formed in 1995 by leading industry figures and academics. Brian
offered his marketing and business consultancy services on a
voluntary basis which developed into fee-earning work and ended up
with an offer from the Authority of full-time involvement.
From then, Brian has helpd to establish the STA as a major trade
and promotional body which balances the interests of historians and
industry. He has built the industry-standard tartan database,
amassed the largest collection of woven tartan samples in the world
and attracted various bequests of historical artefacts and records
in the STA's HQ in Crieff, Perthshire.
Despite his punishing workload, Brian's great distraction is
research and he is never happier than when casting off the reins of
administration and getting his teeth into a meaty project.