Glen plaid

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Glen plaid fabric

Glen plaid (short for Glen Urquhart plaid) or Glenurquhart check is a woollen fabric with a woven twill design of small and large checks.[1] It is usually made of black/grey and white, or with more muted colours, particularly with two dark and two light stripes alternate with four dark and four light stripes which creates a crossing pattern of irregular checks.[2] Glen plaid as a woven pattern may be extended to cotton shirting and other non-woollen fabrics.


The name is taken from the valley of Glenurquhart in Inverness-shire, Scotland, where the checked wool was first used in the 19th century by the New Zealand-born Countess of Seafield[3] to outfit her gamekeepers,[1] though the name Glen plaid does not appear before 1926.[4] Glen plaid is sometimes nicknamed the Prince of Wales check, as it was popularized by the Duke of Windsor when Prince of Wales.[1]

Notable wearers

Pee-wee Herman is famous for his light grey Glen plaid suit, and US President Ronald Reagan was considered "un-Presidential" in a gray-and-blue Glen plaid suit on a European trip in 1982.[5] Cary Grant wore an iconic grey Glen plaid suit in the 1959 American spy thriller film North By Northwest.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Ralph Lauren Style Guide; Glossary, Glen plaid, retrieved 2008-11-23
  2. ^
  3. ^ Fabric glossary
  4. ^ Merriam-Webster Online dictionary.
  5. ^ Hugh Sidey, "Live Men Do Wear Plaid"