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The Heather and Thistle Society

of Houston, Texas, USA

Scottish Tartans

There are thousands of designs in the registry of Scottish Tartans. While tartan is traditionally associated with the ancient clans of Scotland, many 20th century designs are associated with places and institutions. Most States of the United States have official tartans, as well as Universities, Football Teams, Pipe Bands and branches of the Armed Services. There's a tartan for everybody - no matter your ethnicity or family name.
To see a map and State Tartans: click here.

Tartan of the Month

Every month, the Chieftain nominates a "Tartan of the Month" to be used as the border tartan on the web site. Being honoured in this way is the Society's way of saying "Thank You" or "Congratulations" to a member or friend of the Society.
May 2010
We welcome new Chieftain Dr Melvyn Douglass by featuring one of the tartans of Clan Douglas as the Tartan of the Month.
MacDonald of Sleat
February 2010
For Past Chieftain Ted Hirtz to thank him for his moving musical Immortal Memory at the Society's 57th Annual Burns Supper on January 23, 2010. Thank You, Ted.
January 2010
In honor of our good friends and partners the Houston Highlanders, we are pleased to feature the band's adopted tartan.
November 2009
USA Bi-Centennial.
Happy Thanksgiving.
Graham of Monteith
October 2009
In memory of Jim Monteith's mother. Jim takes up the story:
The Monteith family was allied with the Grahams and the Stewarts in the old days. When we were young my father had us wearing the Stewart tartan. In our adulthood we decided we liked the Graham of Menteith tartan better since it was pretty and had our name in it.
September 2009
Past Chieftain Alex Munroe suffered a stroke earlier in the summer. He has recovered very well and of course we wish him well.
June 2009
Arthur and Joan Down wear the Kerr, so in their honor and to wish them well in their new life in California, Kerr is the Tartan of the Month for June.
Largs and District
Dress Largs
March 2009
To say thanks to a sister and brother from the town of Largs. We thank First Lassie Irene Boyd and Webmaster Robin Mills for their service to the Society which was recognised in the Awards they recieved at this year's Burns Supper. Irene has been rather ill in February and March and we wish her a full recovery.
February 2009
We are delighted to honor Drysdales Foundry for its generosity in presenting us with the Burns Oscar. Drysdale is a sept of clan Douglas.
Robert Burns
January 2009
We will celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns on January 25, 2009. A ceremony will be held at 3:00pm at the bust of Robert Burns in the International Commemorative Sculpture Garden in Hermann Park.
December 2008
We were rather suprised when Daniel and Carmelita Orr asked to be married at a Meeting of the Society. The proceeding were conducted by Sub-Chieftain Reverend Melvyn Douglass. Clan Orr originate from Renfrewshire.
November 2008
Thank you to Ed Miller for his concert of songs and stories at the Society Meeting in October. Miller is a sept of Clan MacFarlane - which we believe to be the tartan of Ed's kilt.
September 2008
Congratulations to Jack Hume on the occasion of his marriage to Guida Jackson. Guida's a professor of English, however we expect she'll be joining Jack in his studies of the Scottish Poetry of Robert Burns.
July 2008
We had a great talk by Helen Mann about her family background. Her father served in the British Army with the Seaforth Highlanders. Many clan tartans have been adopted by Regiments of the British Army. The adopted tartan of the Seaforth Highlanders is MacKenzie.
June 2008
Thank you to Captain Alistair Macnab who entertained the society on the subject "Scotland's Merchant Venturers".
May 2008
To honor Mark Monroe's sterling service as Program Chair for the last year and Alex and Maryanne Munroe's many years of contribution to the Society.
Malcolm of MacCallum
April 2008
A thank you to Dave Hutton for his concert of Scottish Songs at our April meeting. Hutton is a Sept of Clan MacCallum.
March 2008
This was the first "Tartan of the Month" and records Robert Boyd being installed as Chieftain for year 2008/09.

Member's Tartans

Here are some tartans which are associated with members of the Society:
United States of America
The official National tartan.
Texas Bluebonnet
This is the official artan of the lone star state.
MacLeod of Assynt
The H&TS web site was designed by Derek MacLeod.
And the program chair of the H&TS is Gordon Macleod.
Webmaster Robin Mills lives in California.
The tartan design is a variation from Muir. John Muir lead the movement which resulted in Yosemite being declared a 'National Wilderness' - a forerunner of today's National Park.

If you'd like your tartan listed here - please email the webmaster and provide a little story about the tartan. To search for a tartan: click here. Scottish Tartan Authority: click here. House of tartan: click here.
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