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Old 11-07-2017, 03:52 AM
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Hello Friends,

Since retiring I have become involved in a Scottish reenactment group and this is my gear so far. Home made belted plaid, sporran, shoes and bonnet. My wife (may God bless her eternal patience!) stumped up for the basket-hilted broad sword and the dirk. Still some more stuff to make before next year's campaign season.

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Slaite' mhath.

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Old 11-07-2017, 06:20 AM
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Nicely done!
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:55 AM
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Damned fine job, laddie! Very impressive.

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What clan does this represent? Hansom outfit by the by!
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:45 AM
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Thank you friends. The tartans of the period (17th century) were not specific to any particular clan, but were more dependant on the area and the dyes available. Blues, browns and purples were chosen to make the wearer blend into the countryside, early camouflage!. Clan tartans were invented by the Victorian English, who had a romanticised notion of the Highlands.

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Old 11-07-2017, 11:10 AM
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Very impressive, Bernie! My mother was a McIntyre, with Highlands ancestors. I have four kilts and proudly wear the tartan every chance I get. This pic is from my daughter's commissioning, when I pinned my father's 2nd Lt. "butterbars" on her collar.
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Nice! I gave my wife the warn notice that I would be getting my kilt soon.
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:39 AM
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Clan tartans were invented by the Victorian English, who had a romanticised notion of the Highlands. Bernie
Well that was a statement that I just had to check up on, but it turns out that y'are right. The Plaid is ancient, but not Clan specific until Victorian times. There were uniform tartans used my the British military dating a bit earlier in the Georgian period (Waterloo an' all that), but they were not clan associated.

My ol' Grandpa always swore that he was fully entitled to wear his Royal Stewart kilt (as he did often) because he could trace his ancestry back to Bonny Prince Charlie, and I've toyed with the idea of getting one myself. BUT ... I've now just learned that Bonny Prince Charlie was a Stuart, not a Stewart, and the Royal Stewart Tartan was designed for and registered to Queen Elizabeth II. ....
RIP Grandpa, y'ol fraud.
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As a former Glenrothian & Govanite I salute your kilt!

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Clan tartans were invented by the Victorian English, who had a romanticised notion of the Highlands.
At the end of the Battle of Culloden (1745), the English general wrote of walking the field among the Scottish dead. He wrote that he could not tell friend from foe among the clansmen because the dead were missing their hats. It was mainly a plant badge worn on the cap that identified one clan from another. Wearing the tartan was outlawed after 1745 until it was revived in the early 19th century with a great deal of foolishness about tartans, clans, and Scottish names.

In his delightful little book, So You're Going to Wear the Kilt, J. Charles Thompson writes: "There is no such thing as the 'right' to wear any tartan. . . There are still some people who talk about the right to wear a clan tartan and don't realize they are talking nonsense. . . The whole question is a matter of good or bad taste."

If you're still sensitive about which tartan you should wear, or unsure of your Scottish connections, their are a host of tartans for states, provinces, the U.S. and a handful of professions. My "kicking around" kilt (for golf, hiking, and Scottish games) is a rugged McLean of Duarte tartan to which I have no familial connection. I like the colors and it wears like iron.


Thompson also states:
"The kilt is perfectly normal dress for a man of Scottish ancestry or connections, and anyone who feels differently is simply displaying his ignorance. At a Saint Andrews lunch, one member said he could not wear his kilt to the office because of the way fellows would make fun of him. Another rejoined, ' Nobody ever made fun of me wearing a kilt. A lot of people have tried but no one ever succeeded.'"

I wear a kilt almost any time and place that a blazer or suit would be appropriate -- dinners, receptions, concerts, weddings, funerals, church, and other events. I wear it on the golf course -- It's a Scottish game. And I wear it hiking because it's comfortable. For such places and occasions, there are some general rules or guidelines for the kilt and what one wears along with it. If you intend to wear the kilt, I highly recommend Thompson's book.

Remember that your kilt is not "a costume" (re-enactors excepted). It is Scottish attire, and should never be worn to a costume party.

I was married in a kilt 41 years ago and I've been wearing one ever since. When I wear it, far from being made fun of, I am complimented by friends and strangers alike, especially those with Scottish connections. Everyone (the ladies especially) seems to like seeing a man in a kilt.
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