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Scottish Games : Tartans, Clans
“Tartan” is "fabric", usually wool. Most kilts are made of tartan. The tartan is one of the two great symbols of Scotland, along with the bagpipes. Many clans have one or more related tartans, or are authorized to wear the tartan of an associated clan. In addition to clan and family tartans there are also tartans for districts and special organizations.

The Arizona State Tartan was officially recognized in December, 1995 by a proclamation by the Governor. Colors in the Arizona Tartan are green, tan, white, red, black, yellow, and azure: green is for the forest that covers half the state; brown for the desert. Mining activity in the state is represented by azure for copper, white for silver; and yellow for gold. Red is for the original Native Americans; and the red, white and green stripes aare for the Mexican population.

Many Arizona citizens were involved in creating this newest symbol of our State with the common goal of celebrating a part of our Scottish heritage.

Arizona Tartan Tartan Kilts
Arizona Tartan
Clan Tartans

While you are attending the Phoenix Scottish Games this year, make it a point to visit the Clan tents. You will have no problem finding them. Look for brightly colored flags, tartans and banners flying. You’ll be as welcome as you can be and you will find many gracious and interested folks who will be more than happy to help you with any questions you might have.

The Scots and their descendants are extremely proud of their long and colorful history. If you have any Scottish ancestors you will almost certainly find your family name among the list in one of the Clan tents.

Interactive Map of Scotland's Clans

Lochcarron of Scotland has created an interactive map that displays the ancestral lands of Scottish clans. The map allows users to hover over each clan name and discover the clan history, motto, and tartan specific to this clan.


Clans which have attended the Phoenix Scottish Games over the years

* Clan Anderson
* Clan Armstrong
* Clan Bell
* Clan Blair
* Clan Brodie
* Clan Buchanan
* House of Burnett
* Clan Cameron
* Clan Campbell
* Clan Carnegie
* Clan Colquhoun
* Clan Currie
* Clan Davidson
* Clan Donald
* Clan Donnachaidh
* Clan Douglas
* Clan Elliott
* Clan Fergusson
* Clan Forsyth
* Clan Fraser
* House of Gordon
* Clan Graham
* Clan Grant
* Clan Gregor
* Clan Gunn
* Clan Hall
* Clan Hamilton
* Clan Hay
* Clan Hope of Craighall
* Clan Hunter
* Clan Johnston/e
* Clan Keith
* Clan Kincaid
* Clan Lockhart
* Clan MacAlister
* Clan MacAulay
* Clan McBain
* McBain of McBain
* Clan MacCallum-

* Clan MacDuff

To add or change the link to your Clan, please contact our Clans Chairman

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