Why we chose this outfit for Gino
On selecting the perfect outfit for Gino to wear, we had a little assistance from Gordon Ramsay on the tartan choice! The tartan we used for Gino’s kilt is the MacDonald clan tartan and is a small joke reference to a very popular fast food chain that Gordon likens to Gino’s food! In contrast to The Ramsay Clan this tartan belongs to one of Scotland’s largest clans, which is another important reason we decided to incorporate the tartan into Gino’s outfit.
The jacket Gino is wearing, happens to be a Montrose Doublet jacket manufactured in green barathea complemented with a black leather belt and buckle. The other accessories selected are based on a more formal style, as the jacket depicts a strong refence to a military uniform. We also decided to add a matching tartan fly plaid with a striking plaid brooch, to add another dimension to the Montrose jacket.
However, the generalities of Gino’s outfit were completely overshadowed when Gino spotted, in our sporran section of the shop, the sporran of his dreams!!! The sporran is made from Musquash which is from the America’s and is related to the vole family. A lot of hype has been built around the sporran, as it has been described as a ‘Beaver’ during the Scottish episode – a reference to Justin Bieber! Overall the outfit has many formal features, which Gino particularly enjoyed wearing especially his sporran!
The History of Clan MacDonald
Crest: On a crest coronet Or, a hand in armour fessways couped at the elbow Proper holding a cross crosslet fitchée Gules.
Motto: Per mare per terras (By sea and land)
Badge: common heath (Scots heather)
The MacDonald was the most powerful of the Highland clans and held extensive lands.They originate from Norse stock. It was thought they had come from Ireland but DNA evidence suggest otherwise. The name is Gaelic, MacDhomhnuill, meaning son of 'world ruler'. The progenitor of the clan was Somerled and from his descendents came six branches, Kepppoch, Glengarry, Clanranald, Sleat , Ardnamurchan and Glencoe. They were recognised as separate clans under an High Chief "Lord of the Isles". The clan was divided over the stuggles of Robert the Bruce. The chief, Alexander, opposed Bruce. His brother Angus Og along with a large nimber of the clan fought alongside Bruce at Bannockburn. After the death of Bruce, the clan withdrew their support but were afterwards reconciled to David II. In the fifteenth cnetury the title of the Earl of Ross was acquired with much inter clan fighting (MacKenzies, MacLeods, MacCleans, MacKays, clan Sunderlands and Murrays). In 1495 James IV took away the title" Lord of the Isles". Throghout the sixteenth and seventeenth century inter clan warefare continued. In the 1715 and 1745 rebellions there were MacDonalds fighting on both sides.