Scotland’s oldest boarding school launches new tartan
27th November 2015

The new Loretto Tartan was the focus of a large gathering held at Kinloch Anderson, in Edinburgh. The launch of the new Loretto tartan was a very special occasion attended by Loretto pupils, parents, former pupils  and friends of the School.

The 21st century tartan, which will be a defining part of the fabric and history of Loretto School, was revealed for the first time at the official launch.

And who better to showcase the plaid than Loretto Headmaster, Dr Graham Hawley?

Dr Hawley was presented a Loretto Tartan – Scottish Register of Tartans Certificate by Deidre Kinloch Anderson OBE.

The tartan can only be worn by those connected with Loretto School – pupils, staff, parents and former pupils if they wish to do so. Orders are placed through Kinloch Anderson.

Jonathan Hewat, Director of Communications at Loretto School said, “Loretto was founded in 1827 are we have a long and proud place in the history of Scotland; we are indeed Scotland’s oldest boarding school. 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.”


Japanese Consul General Hajime Kitaoka, James Dickinson (Loretto pupil), Yoko Kitaoka

The “Loretto School” tartan is based on the Musselburgh Tartan, the district in which the School is located. This has been combined with colours from the MacThomas Tartan which relates to the founder of the School, Rev. Thomas Langhorne. Loretto became known throughout Britain during the formative and brilliant headmastership of Dr Hely Hutchinson Almond (1862-1903). Elements have therefore been taken from the MacDonald Tartan which is associated to the name Hutchinson.

The main colours of the tartan are a true 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 this colour 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”.

For further details, please contact Mr Jonathan Hewat, Director of Communications at Loretto School, on 0131 653 4413 of


Loretto School

Set in a leafy campus just outside Edinburgh near East Lothian's coastline, Loretto provides an all‐round education for around 630 boys and girls – boarders and day pupils ‐ aged 0‐18 and is home to Europe’s leading Golf Academy. The School is made up of two parts: the Junior School ('The Nippers') for children aged 0‐12, and the Senior School for those aged 12‐18.

Founded in 1827 as Scotland's original boarding school, Loretto is a small School, big on heart and big on ambition. It is well known for its relaxed family atmosphere, traditional values and emphasis on the development of the whole person, mind, body and spirit.


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