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Jean de Beaugué was a French writer who published L'histoire de la guerre dEcosse in 1556, which was an account of the campaign of the French auxiliaries in Scotland from 1548-9. This includes a brief description of some Highlanders who were at the siege of Haddington in 1549.
This shouldn't need saying, but I've learned from past experience: This is not evidence of belted plaids or kilts of any kind. Though a multi-coloured 'rug' may be a plaid, not all plaids are belted plaids!
Unfortunately, at the moment I don't have the details of the original.
H. F. McClintock, Old Irish and Highland Dress, with Notes on that of the Isle of Man. Dundalk: W. Tempest, Dundalgan Press, 1943.
"He [de Beaugué] says of certain Highlanders who were present at the siege of Haddington by the French in 1549,"
"Ils sont nuz fors que de leurs chemises taintes et de certaines couvertures legeres faites de laine, de plusieurs couleurs." (p. 112)
"They wear no clothes except their dyed shirts and a sort of light woollen rug of several colours." (p. 112)
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