Alan Paterson Collection

Scope and Content

Shepherd's Plaids and highland dress late 18th century-early 19th century; thesis and research notes on tartan.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alan Paterson was a former student of the Scottish College of Textiles and was particularly interested in collecting and researching Highland dress and tartan.


In accordance with the classification scheme.

Access Information

By appointment at the Scottish Borders Campus, Heriot-Watt University, Netherdale, Galashiels.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Scottish College of Textiles in 1972.

Other Finding Aids

A paper list is available in the search room and all textiles are photographed.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The large flat textiles are rolled and require advance notice for access.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Helen Taylor, Archivist, Heriot-Watt University Archive, Records Management and Museum Service.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents. Permission to publish material from the Archive must be sought in advance from the University Archivist. Responsibility for obtaining copyright clearance rests with the applicant.


Not expected

Related Material

Paisley shawl collection HWUA PS

Personal Names