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The Rollo tartan is comparatively rare, reputed to have been designed c.1946 for the late Lord Rollo. Rollo and Rollock appear to be two forms of the same name, found mainly in Fife and Perthshire.  There is disagreement about the origin; possibly as a derivation of the personal name Rudolph but also linked to Viking origins.  Harold of Norway claimed both Shetland and Orkney, and bestowed them on the family of Jarl Rognvald Rollo of Moer.  

In 911 a treaty was signed between King Charles the Simple of France and Rolf or Rollo, chief of the Normans.  From this Rollo descended William the Conqueror.  

Although the Rollo history claims that William’s surname was also Roll, it is not known what the authority for this claim is.  His surname is generally regarded to be Conqueror, The Conqueror’s nephew supposedly sailed with William to England, his name being Eric.  It was this Eric Rollo’s son or grandson that is claimed as the first of the name in Scotland.  He, Richard, settled here during the reign of David I (1124-1153).  

Robert Rolloche obtained a charter from David II for some land in Perth in 1369, and in the reign of King Robert III one John de Rollo, his secretary, had a charter of the lands of Duncrub and several others in Perthshire.  It is now clear how the Viking name became connected to the Norman household and it could be that they are two separate families taking their names from a common source.  

Andrew Rollo of Duncrub was created the first Lord Rollo by Charles II in 1651.  Sir William Rollo was on of Montrose’s most trusted officers and is credited with leading the troops over the mountains, by which Montrose won the Battle of Inverlochy.  He later had charge of the left wing at the Battle of Aberdeen in 1644, and was taken prisoner the following year at the Battle of Philiphaugh and executed the same year in Glasgow.  

Robert, the fourth Lord Rollo took part in the ’15, leading the Perthshire Squadron, and was imprisoned after fighting at the Battle of Sheriffmuir and surrendering the following year.  

Other spellings of the name include: Rolok, Rolhoc, Rillict, Rolly and Rogge.  

Choose from one of the Rollo tartans listed below: