The Glenbuchat Image Library
Ken Cruickshank Year: 201739 ? The last Glenbuchat Kilt Jacket
The photo above shows a Kilt Jacket woven in Glenbuchat over 100 years ago.
Ken Cruickshank was a previous resident of the Glenbuchat, an avid collector of Glenbuchat memorabilia and photos and contributer to this site wrote:
The Glenbuchat Kilt
I was very interested to see an example of the Barclay tartan kilt.
I have an example of the kilt jacket and waist coat which would have gone with a similar kilt.
When J W Barclay bought Glenbuchat Estate in 1901 he carried out large scale improvements in the farming practices and in the living conditions of the tenants of his long neglected property. He was also interested in the rich history of the glen, and in its highland culture. He had cloth made up, to the Barclay pattern, from local wool, spun, dyed and woven in the glen. (The glens last hand loom weaver lived at Weavers Cottage, Belnacraig, at this time.) Local tailors made up Highland Dress outfits for the Glenbuchat Estate workers, to be worn on formal and social occasions.
James Hay at Weavers Cottage
James Hay was aid to be the last hand loom weaver in the glen c. early 1900 s - from The book of Glenbuchat.
Fraser Family, Tailors at Rose Cottage
Picture above of Tailors, making up a suit, sitting crossed legged in the traditional manner. It was aken at Rose Cottage, Belnacraig c early 1900 s. The Frasers were family of tailors here. (interestingly Ken bought Rose Cottage and renovated it during his 20 years at Glenbuchat)
George Hay Senior with same Kilt Jacket as above c 1910
The photo above is of George and Mary Hay, with children George jnr. and Leah. c early 1900 s
The gentleman in the photo, wearing the actual jacket shown above and an example of the kilt is George Hay Senr of Craighead Farm, Belnacraig. He came to the glen in the early 1900 s, as a shepherd and lived at Easterbuchat before marrying a local girl and taking on the tenancy of `the Crag`.
His son, George jnr., the small boy on the left, took over from his father, farmed there until the early 1980 s, and retired in his late 80 s. He passed the jacket and matching waistcoat on to me, along with its origin.
George Hay Jnr at Craighead
The Jacket is beautifully made, from a rough, hard wearing wool cloth, possibly at Tailors Cottage, Belnacraig (now Rose Cottage). I have been proud to wear the jacket at a couple of Lonach Highland Balls I attended in the early 1980 s and at several Burns Suppers. Always a snug fit, strangely, over the years, it became too tight for me to wear.
If the Glenbuchat Kilt was to be permanently displayed in the Glen, The Public Hall for example, I would be delighted to donate my items to it. Now, anyone got a matching sporran to go with the outfit?”
Picture added on 06 October 2017 at 16:53