"The Scottish kilt: an enduring symbol of a proud land "
The Scottish kilt is probably the most enduring symbol of the land north of Gretna Green and Hadrian's Wall.
For nearly a century it was banned in Scotland, from the suppression of the Jacobite rising ("Bonnie Prince Charlie", 1745/6, also known as "The Forty-Five") to the early 19th century.
There are many theories about just how old the kilt as we know it is, and there are a number of very interesting books and websites that go into the history of this very Scottish piece of clothing.
Kilt rental us actually now quite a big business in modern day Scotland, as – contrary perhaps to popular belief – not every Scotsman has his own kilt, but they do like to wear one for weddings and other special occasions.
Interestingly, apart from pipe bands, one of the most common occurrences of the garment is in the arena of Scottish highland dancing – a field dominated by (young!) women, i.e. mainly young girls. Traditionally though, the kilt was worn by the menfolk.
As you might expect, there are a number of kiltmakers around the country. In fact, not far from where I live on the Solway Firth, is the Scottish Kiltmaking Centre at Gatehouse of Fleet. There are of course many more.
It will come as no surprise that the kilt is not worn on its own. There are a number of accessories, including the sporran, plaid, brooches etc., and buying a full kilt outfit is quite an expensive undertaking!
To offer you more information, I am working on creating the following pages on this website:
Kilt rental – in Scotland and abroad
When to wear a kilt
Who should (and who shouldn't!) wear a kilt
So make sure to bookmark this page and come back regularly to see how I am getting on....if you find I'm taking too long, go to the contact page and let me know!
You can also read up on kilts in depth by getting hold of specialist books on the subject.
I am also in the process of putting together a list of Caledonian societies around the world who should be able to give you information on local sources in your area where you can get hold of your own Scottish kilt.