"Tartan" is a generic term referring to the multicolored checked and striped cloth that has become one of the best-known symbols of Scotland. When speaking of a "Clan tartan" what is typically meant is the "sett" of that tartan. A sett is a unique tartan "pattern" of color blocks and lines. A Clan may have one or more setts for itself, some differentiated as "dress" or "hunting", usually indicating when it should be worn (such as for formal dress or evening affairs, or for daywear occasions, and so forth), and some setts for sub-groups or families within a Clan. Tartans generally identify a region, a clan, or an organization or company. Thus, if you encounter someone wearing the tartan of the Clan Grant, you can be reasonably assured that the person wearing that tartan belongs to the Clan Grant or identifies with the organization.
To confuse things even further, tartan "setts" come in a variety of "colors". The two most common color schemes are "Modern" and "Ancient". The "Ancient" colors are supposed to represent the sett as it would have looked using the old vegetable dyes from the 18th century (or earlier). Typically the "Ancient" colors will show the sett better - with better clarity - since it lightens the colors. The "Modern" colors represent the sett as colored using the strong, modern dyes currently available to the mills that produce tartans."Hunting" tartans supposedly developed as alternate tartan setts for the clans, with darker colors, and worn while "hunting" because it acted as a better camouflage outdoors (the belief being that the standard or "dress" tartan setts, with brighter colors, would scare off their quarry).
Modern Clan Grant Tartans
The Clan Grant Dress Tartan
The dress tartan of the Clan Grant in the "Ancient Colors" is designated the official sett for Clan Grant by our current Chief, Sir James Grant. Originally documented in James Grant's book of tartans in 1886, the tartan typically has a more "orange-ish" red, and a lighter green and shows the pattern of the sett better in these colors.
The Clan Grant Hunting Tartan
"Black Watch" sett in the Ancient Colors is known as the Grant Hunting
tartan. This is the official Hunting Tartan approved for Clan Grant by
our Chief, Sir James Grant. This tartan was the second tartan adopted
by the Clan Grant no later than the late 1720s.
in 1795, the tartan is a modification of the Clan Grant Hunting Tartan.
This district tartan is associated with Strathspey, the ancestral land
of the Clan Grant, and is worn regularly by the Chief as his informal,
or undress, tartan.
The 1886 Grant tartan
The sett recommended by our Chief for our dress tartan.
District Tartan - Ancient Colors
The Red Grant
Grant of Achnarrow