|This tartan is first recorded in Johnston's work
of 1906, and the sample from the Highland Society of London probably
dates from the same period. In both these early references the triple
stripes are rendered in red. Today, however, they are generally woven
in purple. The name originates from 'bard' meaning poet. The Bairds
owned estates in Aberdeenshire which were later purchased by the Gordons.