For its entire history, the New York Caledonian Club has never had an official tartan. It has used the “Caledonian” tartan for Club logos and events. While this tartan is beautiful, it doesn’t belong to the Club.
On January 24, 2015 that all changed.
At the 2015 Burns Supper, The New York Caledonian Club unveiled the official tartan designed specifically for the Club by Mr. Brian Wilton, MBE, Director of the Scottish Tartans Authority. The official unveiling event was even more special, because Brian Wilton has produced not one, but two tartans exclusively for the Club.
Donated by the Scottish Tartans Authority in recognition of almost 160 years of the New York Caledonian Club's (NYCC) cultural and fellowship support for Scottish immigrants and their descendants. Included in the design are elements from the Fraser tartan (the very first 'Chief' of the Club was Alexander Fraser) the MacDonald (the 80th ‘Chief’ is John B. MacDonald) and the Cameron of Erracht tartan – worn by the famous 79th New York Highlanders, many of whom were members of the early NYCC. In the green New York Caledonian Day Tartan, a further link with the past can be noted in the central green block which contains thread counts of 18 and 56 – the year the Club was founded. The red version is the official New York Caledonian Dress tartan.