Colchester (Nova Scotia) Tartan

The Story of the Tartan

The Colchester (Nova Scotia) Tartan was designed by

 four members of the Colchester Highland Games & Gathering Society -

Linda Finnie, Barb Simms, Scott Whitelaw and James Finnie 

in association with Deana Lloy .

It was woven by Lochcarron Mills in Scotland (see video below) & registered in Edinburgh, Scotland as the first official tartan of Colchester County 


This made Colchester the proud producers of the very first and last  officially registered Tartans in Canada on the day of the inaugural Games in 2017. (See reveal video below)

The first tartan of Canada was designed by Bessie Murray of Bible Hill  in 1953 and became

Canada's first official tartan in 1956 - It was the Nova Scotia Tartan  

The Colours of Colchester

The Dark Red Loamy Soil of Colchester County is the background colour of our tartan. 

Crosswoven with the Green of the Land itself,

the Blue of our Rivers & Bay (Scots),

 the Yellow Daffodil (Acadians)

& Black taken from the Mi'kmaw Medicine Wheel representing the North.


The Colours represent the land and the peoples who settled in this place we call Colchester.

Colchester NS Tartan Scarves & Ties

100% Wool. Woven in Scotland.

Finished in Colchester, Nova Scotia

Limited Edition from a restricted permission only tartan weave.

We now have our 2018 scarves, ties & other tartan products ready for purchase. 


Colchester NS Tartan Scarf


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Colchester NS Tartan Necklace

Colchester (Nova Scotia) Tartan centred on a pendant of varying lengths & designs.  Choose your favourite here.  Perfect gift for that hard to buy for person in your life.  Limited Edition. 


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Colchester NS Tartan Kilt

Heavyweight 100% wool kilt, woven in Scotland and Made to Measure in Nova Scotia with a choice of pleat styles. 

Our last two first edition kilts (# 4 & 5) both of which come with a certificate of authenticity and their number on the list are available 2018.

After our first edition kilts have been sold there will be an opportunity to obtain one of our annual limited edition kilts of which only a few will be made each year. 

Get yours now for that special occasion. 


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Various designs of Vase with touches of Colchester (Nova Scotia) Tartan.  Choose your favourite.  Prices starting at $25. Limited Edition


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The Unveiling

On September 8th 2017 at the Civic Square in Truro the Colchester Highland Games & Gathering Society invited Jean Watson - the woman behind Tartan Day (April 6th) to unveil Colchester county's first official tartan. 

Colchester (Nova Scotia) Tartan


The Mayors of Truro, Stewiacke & Colchester, Commissioner of Bible Hill, the MLA's of the county as well as Chief Bob Gloade were all present.

Clann An Drumma of Scotland performed from their latest album,

they were joined by The Good Times Fiddlers, Tayla Kelly & the NS Highlanders Pipe Band

First Kilt

The Colchester Historeum is home to the museum and archives

for Colchester County, Nova Scotia, Canada. Our facility holds a core exhibit on the history of the county and numerous temporary exhibits every year.

Programming and special events are held throughout the year.

The Archives holds thousands of records relating to

Colchester County, including genealogical records, photographs, maps, letters, etc. The museum holds over 6,000 artifacts from around the county, including

the first kilt made from the official tartan for Colchester County.

Check it out, along with other objects in our collection on NovaMuse 


Interested in being a member or volunteer at the Historeum? Stop by in person or visit our website to learn more!

 Contact Info:

 Colchester Historeum

 29 Young Street, Truro, NS









Red label assisted us with the design of our new tartan and very kindly donated their time in doing so. We are also very pleased to have them produce our last few kilts for us. Their work is outstanding & you will be very pleased with your hand-made to measure purchase.



Our tartan is woven by special request at Lochcarron Mills in Scotland (see video below) and is not available in any store.

We have only two kilts left for sale out of the first five  ever made, which come with a certificate of authenticity - orders can take up to 3 months from ordering to delivery. 


If you are interested in having a kilt made from our Colchester Tartan please contact us here