Here is some more cool stuff about Clan Ross, which, as I look over dozens of tartans in a very cool library book I found, assuredly has one of the strongest and classiest tartans out there.
Clan Ross is known in Gaelic as Clann Aindreas
, or the "Sons of Andrew," referring to Saint Andrew, Scotland's patron saint (The flag is known as St. Andrew's Cross). Their badge, or the plant which identifies them, is the Juniper branch, and their motto is Spem Successus Alit
, or "Success Nourishes Hope." Their anthem is "The Earl of Ross's March."
Here is the Clan Crest:
And the badge of Juniper on a Ross Bonnet against the Ross Tartan:
Here are three variations on the coat of arms, which consists of Trois Leons Rampant Argent
against a field of Vermillion
(Or three prancing silver lions on a red background)
And one of the treasures of Clan Ross, in fact heralded as one of the National Museum of Scotland's 20 greatest treasures, the Suit of Ross Tartan, originally owned by Clan Chief David Munroe Ross. From the museum archives: "This is ... a Ross tartan suit consisting of a kilt, jacket and plaid. Originally made for George IV's visit to Scotland in 1822, the suit was taken out to Australia by Donald Munro Ross when he emigrated in 1864. The plaid is gathered and pinned at the shoulder with a brooch on top of a silk rosette. Tartan became one of the most successful products of the Scottish textile industry. The 1822 visit of George IV to Edinburgh boosted its popularity as did Queen Victoria's love of the Highlands."
I would trade half of all I own to have something as utterly magnificent as this; I think it is likely the most beautiful historical costume I have ever seen. It uses a tartan most like the Ross Weathered (Red):