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I was asked recently if I knew the origins of the Inglis family right to wear the Douglas Hunting tartan.  of course, I don't!

The Inglis are a sept of the Douglases, and I presume different septs have the right to wear different Douglas tartans.

Indeed, I suppose differing branches of the Douglas family wear different versions of the Douglas tartan. The late Duke of Hamilton wore the Grey Gouglas, for example.

I had a look at my own website to see what we say about tartans - and found that the Hunting tartan was not even listed!  It is now.  I have also taken to the opportunity, using material kindly provided from Scottish History Online, to update my records.

So, this is a plea for anyone who knows about tartan to lend a hand to clear up who wears what - and why.

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Comment by Stephen P Douglass on June 28, 2011 at 21:09


  I believe the Inglis family was given the right to wear the Douglas tartan as a result of the actions of an ancestor at St Bride's Church on Palm Sunday (130?).  During the fight he offered his own life to safe the Good Sir James.  He was also given the right to be buried with the Douglas family within the confines of the church in a wing which is now destroyed.  Following this action, the Douglas men  proceeded to the castle where they then introduced the remaining English to the "celebration" of the "Douglas Larder".  The grave can be pointed out by the folks at the museum.

Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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