Traditional Scottish Kilts and their Counterparts

Traditional Scottish Kilts and their Counterparts

From the fancy dress import kilts that you see on Edinburghs ‘Historic’ Royal Mile, which are now also starting to appear around the International Scottish highland games. To the kilts redesigned for genuine reasons and  also the modern takes on the kilt that still show great respect to the original garment. Scottish Kilts made by Kiltmakers […]

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An Englishman invented the Kilt! …… Ehhhh Naw ( as we would say in Scotland)

An Englishman invented the Kilt! …… Ehhhh Naw ( as we would say in Scotland)

Oh deary me, where on earth do I start. There is a story stating that, it was, in fact an Englishman who invented the small kilt, the forerunner of the kilt we wear today. This comes from a letter that was published in a popular pamphlet of the time ‘The Edinburgh Magazine’ in 1785 Now, […]

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The mystery of Arthur’s O’on

The mystery of Arthur’s O’on

After the 45 uprising Scotland was needed to be ‘brought to heel’,  the army showed little mercy. Jacobites were rounded up, imprisoned or executed.  Hanoverian forces were held back by poor mapping, a great Military Survey of Scotland, “undertaken by order of William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland”, was commissioned. William Roy, a factor’s son from Lanarkshire, 19 at […]

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The Border Reivers Cursing Stone

The Border Reivers Cursing Stone

Border reivers were raiders along the Anglo-Scottish border from the late 13th century to the beginning of the 17th century. These were rugged, tough people who enforced their own brutal code of conduct in what was to be known as the 300 Year War. There are 77 predominant family names who can claim to have […]

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The Gorbals Vampire

The Gorbals Vampire

A short distance from Glasgow city centre on the south bank of the Clyde is an area known as The Gorbals.  The origins of the Gorbals are quite surprising  – most people, myself included just think of the history of slums associated with this area, but The Gorbals started off as a small village centred on one street, […]

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