The Tartan’s sett is based on that of the Douglas as the Clelands were the hereditary foresters to the Douglases. The thread count for those who want to know about such things is K4, B72, G24, W6 and R4. There was a deal of inter-marriage between the Douglases, the Hamiltons and the Clelands.
Coat of Arms:-
“Azure, a hare salient argent, with hunting horn about neck vert, garnished gules”
Motto:- “NON SIBI” Not for himself
Crest:- “On sinister hand gloved a falcon belled proper” (very unusual to have the falcon facing this way so I have been told)
At the centre of the sett is a white square representing the White (ARGENT) Hare of our Coat of Arms (C of A). Main colour is blue (AZURE) being background of C of A. Through the centre of white square is a red line representing red (VERT) leather thong which held the hunting horn around the white hare’s neck. Surrounding white square a green (GULES) square representing green hunting horn attached to the red thong.
There is a Black line delineating the sett size representing the Calder River which separates in the North East and re-joins in the South West before it reaches the Clyde. The land inside this “Island”, between the Upper and Lower Calder rivers, was given to the Clelands, by Robert the Bruce, after the Battle of Bannockburn and after quite some time the town of Cleland eventually was built.
The tartan was accredited by the Council of the Scottish Tartans Society and the Lord Lyon King of Arms on the second of September 1989.
Those entitled to wear this tartan are:-
Cleland, Clelland, Cleeland, Clealand, Cleiland, Clelan, Clellan, Clellon, Kneland, Kneeland, MacClelland, MacClellan (some), Clayland, Cleaveland (some), Clalan, Clallan, Claland, Clalland, Clealland, Cleadland, Cleadlande, Cleilland, Clelane, Clelend, Clelin, Clellans, Clellend, Clellon, Clellone, Clelond, Clellond, Clenlande, Clerland, Cleuland, Cleveland, Cleyland, Cliland, Clieland, Cliveland, Coleeland, Kalland, Kealand, Kealland, Keeland, Keelland, Keilland, Keland, Kelland, Klelland, Kleland, Knelands, Kneband, Kneelands, Kneilland, Knieland, Kniland, MacCleland, Nealand, Neeland, Neland, Neyland, Nieland, Nield, Niland, Nilland, Noland, Nyland, Rose-Cleland.
The tartan is only available, at present, from one weaver and tartan maker in Scotland and that is D C Dalgliesh of Dunsdale Mill, Selkirk, TD7 5EB.
CLAN CLELAND SOCIETY TARTAN
D C DALGLIESH LTD
Selkirk. TD7 5EB
Phone : Selkirk (01750) 20781
Fax : Selkirk (01750) 20502
Price per yard – Pounds 20.65 (as at 8/2007)
(Prices below as at 2000. Please check current price.)
Other items available are Pure Silk Material. 30″ wide and a minimum of 5 yards
at Pounds 36.00 per yd and Pure Silk Squares (27″ X 27″) minimum of 3 squares
at Pounds 11.20 each.
A Pure Silk Evening Sash 12″ X 90″ ordinary fringe Pounds 57.00 each or 5 Knot Fringe Pounds 62.00 each.
Note the sash above is a 13 knot fringe.
Pure Silk Cummerbunds are Pounds 39.50 each.
(Dress McGregor pure silk skirt sets of the Cleland Kilt don’t you think?)
16TH OCTOBER 1994 BRISBANE QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA
This was the day that the Clan Society Banner had its first airing. (second on the 5th November 1994 at a gathering at Wynnum in Queensland).
It was received well by the other clans present and I believe the lady who carried out the work should be very pleased with her skills.
We encouraged you and yours to wear something TARTAN (Preferably Clan Cleland) on the 1st of July. I believe this day was a great success throughout the world and when you receive your next year’s calendar don’t forget to highlight that date.
July 1st 2000 sees the 218th anniversary of the repealing of the Act of Parliament (British) that made it punishable (SEVEN YEARS TRANSPORTATION USUALLY ENDING IN DEATH) to wear the TARTAN.
Reprinted the Act of 1747 and the Repeal Proclamation of 1782 on “The Act”. That is almost two generations of oppression. How many of those few Scots that were transported to Australia were sent 12,000 miles because of the colour of the clothes they wore?