According to D.W. Stewart, author of 'Old and Rare Scottish Tartans', this tartan can be traced to the 1820's.

It appears in several collections of hard tartans produced from that period, including the collection of the Highland Society of London.

Stewart also mentions that the Brodies wore the Huntly district tartan prior to 1820.

This sett was first published in the Vestiarium Scoticum in 1842 and differs only from todays setting in the greater proportion of black and the reduced width of the yellow stripe.