Fellow Clansmen

Colin Campbell & John Campbell.

Colin Campbell is wearing what is termed by the modern weaving mills as the Ancient Campbell tartan; John Campbell dons the so-called Campbell of Breadalbane woollen cloth.

The Campbell tartan in darker shades, but the identical sett (which is what determines the distinctiveness of a tartan), is termed “Black Watch.”  Either many Campbells who served in the Highland Regiments later adopted this pattern for their own civilian use, or the many Campbells who joined-up were already wearing this tartan which was subsequently standardised by the Government.

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In 1870, a certain “Mr Mitchell, Publisher to the Queen” produced two large leatherbound volumes of magnificent watercolour portraits by Kenneth Macleay RSA.  Measuring a massive 22 x 18 inches, they contain 31 portraits of 57 individuals described as below.

Title Page.

They are without doubt the most detailed portraits of Highland dress and tartans from that era and are highly prized as research tools and, of course, as portraits for today’s homes. The original water colours are owned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and are held in Windsor Castle.

Front Cover.

Seersucker Swooning

Seersucker Suit.

The UPS man just delivered one of two seersucker suits I had recently ordered from Jos. A. Bank.  Incidentally, the word seersucker appears to come from two Persian words meaning “milk and sugar.”  The two-button jacket is 38 Regular; the sleeves are the perfect length.  The pleated trousers seem to be 32″ around the waist (which is dead-on) and were finished with cuffs using my outer seam measurement of 39 1/2″.  I am already matching bow-ties!

Jacket Close-up.

In other sartorial news, Alexis Malcolm emailed today to let me know that she had received eight yards of Black Watch tartan cloth from the mill in Scotland and that she will be constructing my next kilt this week.  I can hardly wait!