New Kirkton Tweeds
New Kirkton Tweeds - Each season we look at our range of Scottish keepers tweeds. Some patterns go out of the range we with the various weavers and some new patterns come in to the range. This season we saw a wonderful range of new 16oz Kirkton cloths become available. All woven in Scotland these tweeds make a wonderful addition to our Scottish Keepers Tweed range.
The History of the term Tweed - The product we all recognise as “Tweed” has its origins in Commercial Road, Hawick. The term “Tweed” was coined quite accidentally in 1826 as the result of a misread label on a shipment of woven wool “Tweels” – the Scots dialect word for twill – from weaver William Watson & Sons of Commercial Road, Hawick, to a London cloth merchant. The word “Tweel” had perhaps not been written clearly on the label but to the merchant “Tweed” made complete sense as these fabrics were chiefly used in those days by gentlemen for shooting and fishing, with the nearby river Tweed being a fashionable destination for such pursuits.
With the misunderstanding then being perpetuated by the customer reordering another consignment of “Tweeds”, William Watson chose not to correct the mistake. Realising he had a fantastic name for his product, and recognising the branding opportunity, he promptly adopted the term as a description for his mill’s high quality sporting cloths.