Posted by Ian Maitland Hume on January 10, 19100 at 12:10:24:
In Reply to: Re: used kilt posted by Ian mai on January 10, 19100 at 12:03:23:
: : : : Grandson goes to Renaissance Fairs and wants to participate in Scottish games; therefore he desperately wants a kilt. He would like to have a Black Watch or Campbell kilt. "Beggars can't be choosers" so any will be considered. Thank you.
: : : If your grandson wants a garment that he can wear to Renasissance Faires, then he will probably be more interested in the historic feilidh-mhor or belted plaide
: : : (commonly called the "great kilt"). This is a more historic form of dress than the modern tailored kilt. The belted plaid was worn from about 1590 to 1790
: : : (possibly a bit later). The tailored kilt did not begin its evolution until the 1790s. The belted plaid consisted of 4 or 5 yards of woolen material, about
: : : 60" or so wide, gathered into folds and then belted about the waist. It hung knee length and the upper portion was gathered about the body as a cloak or
: : : shawl.
: : : You can purchase such a garment through our museum gift shop in the Black Watch tartan at a low cost. Our feilidh-mhor packages are woolen blends, light enough
: : : to wear in warm weather, and cost $84.50 for a 5 yard length. All of the neccessary accoutrements can also be purchased through us, such as highland shirts,
: : : sporran, moggans, etc. Look at the link given below for more info.
In fact, it is now generally accepted that the 'philabeg' or little kilt from which the modern tailored kilt s directly descended, first appeared in about 1728. An Englishman, mr Rawlinson, leased Macdonnell of gelngarry's woodlands in connection with his iron smelting business and suggested to his highland workers that it would be more practical to have the upper part of the great plaid or kilt cut off, thus freeing up their arms for greater movement. Glengarry observed this innovation and got his taylor to fashion a small kilt, and gradually this came to be copied in fashionable circles, and ultimately adopted by the Highland Regiments in the British army from about the 1760-70's.
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