Corruption of plaiding.
plaiden (plural plaidens)
- (Scotland) A coarse, woollen cloth
- 1821, Walter Scott, Bride of Lammermoor, page 240:
- To a superstitious eye, Lucy Ashton, folded in her plaiden mantle, with her long hair, escaping partly from the snood and falling upon her silver neck, might have suggested the idea of the murdered Nymph of the Fountain.
- 1841, Charles Dickens, The Pic-nic Papers, volume 1, page 159:
- It is miserably poor, and much out of the way, and produces no better commodities than plaiden webs, green kale, and handsome lads and lasses.