The first Leslie in Aberdeenshire was Alexander who was appointed Constable of The Bass in Inverurie in 1080 on behalf of the king, his brother-in-law.
The progenitor of the Clan Leslie Tartan is a man named Bartolf who was a nobleman from Hungary, who came to Scotland in 1067.Bartolf was said to be a man of intellect and bravery and as a result Malcolm III made him governor of the royal Edinburgh Castle and gave him estates in Fife, Angus, the Mearns and Aberdeenshire. It is said that Bartolf helped the queen across a dangerous river on a horse and that Bartolf told her to “grip fast”, which is where the Leslie family motto originates.
Clan Leslie has two tartans in kilts: the Hunting (or green) and Dress (Red). There are three shades of each - the bolder, darker colors are called ‘modern’, the lighter colours ‘vegetable dye’, and the muted, almost pastel colors are ‘ancient’. All are correct but there are definitely only these two Leslie tartans. There are rare references to a ‘blue’ Leslie tartan but we do not acknowledge that this has anything to do with the Leslies. Technically a tartan is described by the thread count of the sett, or pattern.
The Clan Leslie Tartan Kilt lets you show off your heritage by wearing your clan’s tartan, or it can simply be worn because you enjoy the unique colors it bears. Mostly red, this vibrant and bold kilt is sure to catch the eye of anyone you pass by. On top of the red color are black lines that run both horizontally and vertically throughout the kilt. These black lines are outlined by white that helps to draw out the red color even more. Pleats on the sides of the kilt add a bit of depth to the look. On either side are hooks for attaching your favorite sporran. Order these kilts to measure by hip size, waist size and more.