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Postby Andy R » Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:38 pm

Tod wrote:This is a good place to start you can look up the records of those who were in clink or transported, in some cases it gives kit references.
The is also a book called Highland Folk Ways. I'm at work so can't look up my copy but it tends to be 19th century.
For info. kilts only became popular again in the 1790's although it's more than possible that people were wearing them in remote parts of the Highlands, note that these were initially the full 60" width, but by 1790 (ish) they had gone to 30" width (Scottish ell = width woven on a hand loom). Many hand sewn in pleats. These were worn by the well off rather than the poor as it had become a fashionable garment rather than a utility garment.
It is fair to say that Highlanders had by this time moved to wearing breeches and coats. Descriptions at the time echo this.
So if you are going to portray some sort of Highland rogue you'd best aim for normal clothing of the period (shoes, stockings/hose, breeches, shirt, waistcoat, top coat, bonnet/hat) as wearing plaid and a shirt would be wrong, and if you did wear this you would be dead in about 10 minutes in winter.

Although this is modern it's a pretty good image, a bit too clean. ... 2479pqdiEy


kilts at this time to the best of my knowledge were only worn in the military.

The only sets generally available are military and if you are seen in a kilt outside of the military you'd be jumped on as a deserter.

You have to get to the Victorian period before they start becoming fashionable in civilian circles.

Also, think of where you are trying to portray your character. Highland garb even in a period where it was being worn would stand out in a non highland environment.

Meaning that you would be banged up for your robberies and deprivations before you'd know it as there wouldn't be many men in kilts about.

And the period kilt is a lot higher - coming up to your rib cage.

Young men have often been ruined through owning horses, or through backing them, but never through riding them: unless of course they break their necks, which, taken at a gallop, is a very good death to die

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