Estate tweed


We have a long history of working with estates, with over 80 on our books today, from the rocky glen's on Scotland's West coast to the grouse moors of Aberdeenshire, as well as further afield. As a result, we work closely with one of the most experienced cloth designers in the country to ensure the perfect tweed for the landscape.

Estate tweeds are very much still alive and act as a modern uniform for employees, ghillies and stalkers alike.

Estate tweeds are the exclusive patterns of many Scottish estates, some handed down through the generations, which only the estate’s owners and workers are entitled to wear. It is centuries-old practice for an owner to give new estate suits to his gillies and keepers every two years.

The principal of the estate tweed is for the keepers, stalkers and ghillies to remain camouflaged while on the land on which they work. As a result, tweeds vary significantly, with grey tweeds being favoured on the rocky land on the West, to browner tweeds for the eastern Scottish grouse moors.

The very name of "tweed" fabric was hatched in a blunder – it should have been tweel, the Scots form of twill, or two-threaded fabric. But when a Scottish manufacturer sent a consignment to James Lock in London in 1826, the name was badly written and misread. As the cloth was made on the banks of the Tweed, the term was adopted.