We all love the stuff. It’s one of the reasons I find the Chief of Clan Gregor’s home so lovely. Remarkably distinctive in the world of Scottish tartan, it is that wonderful bold and beautiful Rob Roy MacGregor Tartan in big blocks of red and black. It is the stuff of heroes. Tom Mix wore it. Roy Rogers, Dale and the horse could be seen around the stable in it. Paul Bunyon’s underwear … well, it is a staple of American ‘lodge and cabin’ clothing and décor and one can today find a fleece Rob Roy throw in most American Walmarts especially during hunting season.
Right, so what’s the problem? Well, here in America, it is more than Rob Roy MacGregor Tartan. It’s Buffalo Plaid and it’s modern popularity grows from an awesome Scottish American story. Rob Roy tartan was introduced to America by a descendant of that most famous MacGregor (to that time) by the name of Jock McClusky. As with most early American frontiersmen, Jock McClusky pursued several careers and used up as many lives before he became an indian trader.
Jock McClusky lived a remarkable life at a remarkable time and today we have Buffalo Plaid to show for it. Take a look at a short piece showing more of the details of the story from the best experts in Scottish tartan on the face of this earth and several others, The Scottish Tartan Authority.