Touch of tartan for Scotland’s oldest university

Wednesday 16 June 2004

Students graduating next week are being encouraged to show off the University’s new tartan, designed by a fellow graduate.

The tartan has been created by Deirdre Kinloch Anderson (MA 1961) who met her husband Douglas at the University (MA 1960). Deirdre is Director of Kinloch Anderson, experts in tartan and Highland dress since 1868.

The tartan has been designed to emphasise the University’s relationship with its location and express its long heritage, featuring green for golf courses, gold for the golden sand of the beaches and blue for the sea.

Graduates have been urged to wear kilts or scarfs in the new tartan. The stage in Younger Hall, where graduation takes place, will also be edged with the tartan.

Sarah Frankland, Associate Director of Development at the University said, “We decided it was high time that Scotland’s oldest university had its own tartan and the fact that Deirdre and Douglas Kinloch-Anderson are graduates meant that we knew we were getting the best.

“Apart from the Students’ Association shop (BESS), the tartan is sold and hired exclusively through Kirk Wynd Highland House, who donate a percentage of the proceeds to the University fundraising campaign. To date, over 30 kilts have been hired and six sold, together with sales of ties, scarves and trousers. One of our graduates is even upholstering an armchair in her home with the cloth!”

For information on kilts to buy or hire, and other items in the University of St Andrews tartan, see or contact the Students’ Association shop, BESS – telephone 01334 462730 or email bess@st-



Jpeg photograph illustrating the new tartan available from University Press Office – contact details below.

Issued by Beattie Media On behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information, please contact Claire Grainger, Press Officer – 01334 462530, 07730 415 015 or [email protected]; Ref: press releases/tartan View the latest University news at

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