This link will lead you to all the styles of Paisley tartan we do in store such as ancient and modern Paisley tartan

This link will lead you to the Scottish register of tartans however some of these tartans may be privately owned and created and would require permission to be used and woven

With most kilts we would recommend a heavyweight Paisley tartan kilt as it will sit better

We have 3 Paisley tartans that we sell in store the most popular Paisley tartan we sell is 16/17oz ancient Paisley tartan which is Houstons own range

The main colours in the Paisley  tartan are red, black, blue, green, yellow and white

Paisley Clan history  

The surname Paisley has its origins in the lands and barony of Paisley, as well as the renowned abbey that shared its name. The name Paisley is derived from the Brythonic language (Old Welsh) and dates back to the time of the Kingdom of Strathclyde, which was centred around Dumbarton and later Govan. The kingdom was eventually incorporated into Scotland in the 1050s. The name Paisley is believed to have two possible meanings: “slope for pasturing” or, more likely considering its later significance as a religious centre, “basilica,” possibly referring to a grand church. The settlement is thought to have been established by Saint Mirin in the sixth or seventh century, aligning with this ancient Strathclyde background. It is within this ancient Strathclyde milieu that the family’s origins can be traced.

The earliest records of the name can be found in charters witnessed by William Passelew during the reign of William the Lion between 1179 and 1190. William de Passelet witnessed a charter by Alan, son of Walter the Steward, to the abbey around 1150. Dominus John de Passelet, who served as a Canon of Glasgow Cathedral, witnessed a gift of a portion of the lands of Little Govan in 1320. In 1389, William Passeley, described as a “merchant of Scotland,” obtained an order to release his goods that were being held. The name appears in various spellings, and in Dumfriesshire, the Pasleys of Craig near Langholm gained prominence when Admiral Thomas Pasley distinguished himself in 1794 during the defeat of the French, famously known as “the Glorious First of June.”

General Sir Charles Pasley, a distinguished military engineer, played a significant role in the defeat of the French at Corunna in 1809, alongside Sir John Moore. He established the Royal School of Military Engineering at Chatham and was honoured as a Knight Commander of the Bath. His notable contributions include his work on pontoon bridges, which he extensively covered in his thesis, Military Instruction. In 1844, he was granted the degree of Doctor of Civil Laws at Oxford. His son served as the Agent General of the state of Victoria in Australia from 1880 to 1882 and oversaw the construction of the Houses of Parliament and other public buildings.

The Paisley Family motto is Be Sure

Ewans tips for styling

There are many ways to style the Paisley tartan however our recommendation would be a black jacket such as a prince charlie or Braemar or a green tweed jacket

We also recommend that you match the colour of your flashes to the tartan or a plain colour

Famous paisley

A famous paisley you might know being Brad Paisley. He is a music artist and actor from West Virginia, USA

Fun facts

Ken and Ewan are actually friends with the current chief Duncan W Paisley of Westerlea and have helped him with his kilt needs

Our shop is based in Paisley and has been here since 1909 and is a fourth generation family run business

Paisley Tartan Clan Kilt

Ancient Paisley from Houstons own range

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