The Elliot tartan was first recorded by H. Whyte in his book, 'The Tartans of the Clans and Septs of Scotland' (1906), along with many others in use at the time. The colouring is unique among traditional tartans, being described as maroon and blue. The Elliots are a 'Border Clan', founders of the Minto family. The Chiefship once belonged to to the Elliots of Redheugh but passed to the Elliots of Stobs near Hawick in Roxburghshire. The present Chief is Mrs Margaret Elliot of that Ilk.