There is hunting Fraser, which has a brown ground, and is usually worn during the day, and dress Fraser, which has a red ground and is worn in the evening. These are easily obtainable from most suppliers.
There is a range of Fraser Gathering tartans, designed for the
Gathering at Castle Fraser in 1997, one with a green ground
for day wear and two dress tartans, one with a red ground and
one with a white ground. These were designed by Macnaughtons
of Pitlochry in conjunction with Lady Saltoun , unfortunately
Macnaughtons no longer seem to stock them.
|Green Fraser Gathering
||White Fraser Gathering
|Red Fraser Gathering
Other Fraser Tartans
Knowing that there are various websites devoted to complete
lists of tartans, I contented myself with listing the ones
readily available in the shops, or which would be recognised
as being Fraser tartan by anyone, and providing links to other
websites which will give more information.
It would not be correct to say that I do not recognise the
ones I have not illustrated as being genuine Fraser tartan.
I have no doubt that most of them are. Some of course are
tied to a particular branch of the family (e.g. Lovat and
Altyre), others are tied to a regiment such as the Fraser
Fencibles or the 78th Fraser Highlanders, and should only
be worn by members of the regiment. One (Wedding Dress tartan)
was designed for a particular occasion. It would not be suitable
to use any of them.
You have, I think, to consider the reasons why you wish
to wear Fraser tartan. The normal reason, and the reason why
people wear their tartan in Scotland, is so that others may
instantly recognise them as Frasers, at a gathering or Ball
or whatever the occasion may be. This will only work if you
stick to the common sets - Red Fraser and Hunting Fraser as
shown in my website, and those particular sets in different
colours, because although some other Frasers may know some
of the less common ones, people of other clans almost certainly
will not, so you will find yourself going about incognito!
Do you want to be instantly recognisable or not?
I myself would only wear the ones I have illustrated in
my website, and on public occasions only the common ones.
I do wear Fraser Gathering tartan (after I had a considerable
hand in designing it!), but generally only in private, because
I wear my tartan to be instantly recognisable. I personally
intensely dislike most white or yellow ground tartans and
would not be seen dead in them! But that does not mean that
others should not wear them if they wish to do so.
I offer one more thought. The usual red Fraser tartan obtainable
in the shops uses pillar box red, cobalt blue and emerald
green, and the effect is not, I think always very attractive.
I think a much more attractive effect can be obtained by using
a softer more corally or orangey red, a paler blue and a soft
grass green, more like red Fraser Gathering tartan, or 78th
Fraser Highlanders tartan. In the same way Hunting Fraser
can be much more attractive if you use dark blue, dark brown
and dark green, instead of the shades usually available. This
has the advantage of being instantly recognisable as Fraser
tartan. If you are planning to have tartan specially woven,
it is something you might want to consider.
Many of the 22 tartans listed in the World registry were
invented long before my time, so who would I be to disown
them? At the same time, if you were to ring my doorbell wearing
a kilt of some of them, I should probably not know what tartan
you were wearing! As a matter of interest, I have a silk Fraser
tartan sash which is different from any of the 22 listed in
the World Registry, but is still Fraser tartan!
Incidentally, when I was young, dress tartans were red ground
as a rule and Hunting tartans were green or brown ground (
for camouflage out on the hill). Now they call white ground
tartans "Dress" and red just red. I objected to
this when designing the Fraser Gathering tartan, but was informed
that I was quite wrong, so meekly gave in, but I still believe
that I am right and they are wrong!
So if you want to wear one of the less well known ones,
go ahead, but be aware of the pitfalls!
You will find a fairly comprehensive collection here: