School set to launch its own tartan


SCOTLAND’S oldest boarding school is launching a new tartan in time for the start of the new term.

Loretto School, an independent school in Musselburgh, had the new design produced by Kinloch Anderson in Edinburgh.

The pattern is being recorded by the Scottish Register of Tartans and can only be worn by those connected with Loretto School including pupils, staff, parents and former pupils.


The pattern is being recorded by the Scottish Register of Tartans


It is based on the Musselburgh Tartan and has been combined with colours from the MacThomas Tartan which relates to the founder of the School, Rev. Thomas Langhorne.

The main colours are a representation of the School including the ‘Loretto Red’ which is a strong element of the School branding as seen in the iconic red jacket worn by the pupils.

The navy blue represents one of the School Houses, “Mackintosh”.

Green has been added to represent another of the Houses, “Langhorne” and also reflects the fairways of the golf courses in East Lothian which links up with the Loretto Golf Academy.

In addition, pink and purple have been added to represent the two other Houses – ‘Greenlees’ and ‘Tristram’.

Jonathan Hewat, Director of External Affairs at Loretto School said: “By creating this new tartan, we want to highlight our history, Scottish identity, the iconic Loretto red, the pupils’ houses and, of course, our world-famous Golf Academy.”