Glen Urquhart Plaid ~
Glen Urquhart plaid (Glen plaid) is a typically woollen, Scottish tartan fabric with a woven twill design of small and large checks creating a box-like effect.
The name is taken from the valley of Glenurquhart in Inverness shire, Scotland where the fabric is thought to have first been used in the 19th century by the New Zealand-born countess of Seafield to outfit her gamekeepers. However, the term “Glen plaid” did not appear in usage before 1926. It was thought that the name stuck because the pattern resembled an aerial view of the glens from the Scottish landscape.
The fabrication became a popular suiting fabric over time since it can look dressy. Depending on the scale of the pattern it can be more noticeable than other subtle plaids, especially since it usually features at least one contrasting color stripe.
Glen plaid is sometimes nicknamed the ‘Prince of Wales check’, as it was popularized by Edward, the Duke of Windsor when he was the Prince of Wales…