his is the web site of Matthew Newsome, director emeritus of the Scottish Tartans Museum (Franklin, NC), member of the Guild of Tartan Scholars, and Governor of the Scottish Tartans Authority.  For more biographical information click here.
This site serves as a repository of articles and information having to do with Scottish Highland Dress -- namely tartan and the kilt.  The visitor is encouraged to browse through the books and articles I have written using the navigation menu at the top of the page.

Less formal musings on related topics are found in my blog.  You may also read my various ramblings on Highland Dress in the X Marks the Scot kilt wearer's forum.

I have studied -- and worn -- kilts both as historical dress and contemporary attire.  I am also a kilt maker, specializing in the style of the original tailored kilt of the late eighteenth century box pleated, using on average only four yards of cloth.  If you are interested in having one of these traditional kilts made for you, please visit my kilt retail site, www.newhousehighland.com.

If you are interested in having me come to speak on these or related topics at your event, please email me for more information. I have given lectures at various Scottish Highland Games and festivals, as well as to school, church, and community groups.
"The Highland dress is essentially a 'free' dress -- that is to say, a man's taste and circumstances must alone be permitted to decide when and where and how he should wear it... I presume to dictate to no man what he shall eat or drink or wherewithal he shall be clothed."
-- The Hon. Stuart Ruaidri Erskine, The Kilt & How to Wear It, 1901.
Designer of the St. Ninian's Day Papal Visit Tartan, official tartan of the Papal Visit to Scotland, Sept. 16, 2010.

a passion for Highland dress...
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