Why we chose this outfit for Fred
The tartan selected for Fred was decided due it’s historical French tradition! (Baillie of Polkemmet Tartan Old French: Bailli) This is certainly something which is not normally associated with Scottish tartans and took a bit of research for accuracy and authenticity. We selected a blue velvet Regulation Doublet jacket as it highlighted the stunning blue within Fred’s tartan. A blue bow tie was also added to Fred’s outfit, as this was to offer a difference to Gordon and allow Fred’s outfit to stand out. As both Gordon and Gino had a matching tartan fly plaid, we decided this addition would be required to complete Fred’s outfit, and again add a formal but dramatic aspect to his outfit.
As Fred’s kilt has quite a strong white line running within the fabric, you could only add the whitest sporran to complement the overall look! We decided the best option was a white mink sporran, which looks fantastic. On speaking with Fred, he particularly enjoyed wearing his kilt outfit and couldn’t believe the connection to his home country of France. He also mentioned that he felt he looked more striking than Gordon and Gino!
The Baillie of Polkemmet Tartan
Baillie of Polkemmet Tartan Old French: Bailli
Badge:Eight pointed star out of a cloud
Latin Motto:In caligine lucit (It shines in the dark)
The name probably derived from the French Baillie meaning bailiff or steward which in Scotland would be sheriff. It could come from the place in Lanarkshire call Bailey. It is first recorded in Lothian in 1311. It is not a clan in the highland sense but is an old lowland family. Polkmmet was purchased by a family of Baillies in 1620. It ia now a country park at Whiburn West Lothian.The tartan was designed by Mr A.W. Geddes of Messrs William Anderson of Edinburgh (now Kinloch Anderson) in 1937.