Why do tartans need to be official?

I just saw on Reporting Scotland that Conservative MSP Jamie McGrigor is proposing the creation of an official database of tartans.

Why do we need a register of official tartans?

I think if this comes about we should all adopt our own unofficial tartan in protest.

Update: The first comment on the Edinburgh Evening News article, from Grumpy, is laughable.

You mean it’s taken this long to come up with the idea? Come on, computers have been around for 20+ years now – surely someone could have thought of this before now.

Well computers been around for closer to two hundred years, but the point is that they’re meant to do useful stuff, not prime busybodying tartan-spotting.


  1. Well if it were a labour politican, they’d be thinking of a way to tax the wearing of tartan.