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 Weavers in Scotland & 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 Games. (The first was designed by Bessie Murray of Bible Hill  in 1953 and became Canada's first official tartan in 1956 - The Nova Scotia Tartan)  

The Colours of Colchester

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

The Red was crosswoven with the Green of the Land itself,

the Blue of our Rivers & Bay (Scots),

 the Yellow Daffodil (Acadians)

& Black taken from the proud Mi'kmaw Nation.


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

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


We were joined by the Mayors of Truro, Stewiacke & Colchester, Commissioner of Bible Hill, the MLA's of the county as well as Chief Bob Gloade.

Clann An Drumma of Scotland performed from their latest album

& Sobey's provided some light refreshments.

Fundraising Products

If you are interested in purchasing an item made with the Colchester Nova Scotia Tartan please contact us HERE 

We are able to offer kilts, scarves, sashes, tie's, bags, golf towels, vests & necklaces. 

Our designer would also be only too happy to discuss your requirements for something else you have in mind.

Our tartan is only reproducible with the express written permission of the Colchester Highland Games & Gathering Society.

Colchester NS Tartan Scarf

100% Wool. Woven in Scotland.

Finished in Nova Scotia

Limited Edition from a restricted permission only tartan weave.

Our inaugural year scarves have now sold out.  Our 2018 scarves will be available in time for our 2018 games.  If you wish to pre-order your scarf please do so here.




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Colchester NS Tartan Kilt

Heavyweight 100% wool kilt, woven in Scotland and Made to Measure in Nova Scotia. 

Choose from 5 limited edition first edition kilts. all of which come with a certificate of authenticity and their number on the list.

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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Red label assisted us with the design of our new tartan and very kindly donated their time in doing so.


If you are interested in having any item made from our Colchester Tartan please contact us here


We have already raised some funds with a multitude of scarves in different designs, various items of jewellery, ties, vests and some excellently made kilts.

We hope to have a lot more on offer for our 2018 games.


For more information on what you could own in our Colchester NS Tartan please contact us here