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    The “Modern” Kilt

    As we’ve learned in the last three posts, the kilt, as we know it, evolved from an earlier version (feileadh mor) worn for hundreds of years. What precipitated the change?

    The modern kilt was the brainchild of Sir Walter Scott who was a well connected visionary marketer/entrepreneur. He seized an opportunity when King George IV planned a historic meeting in Edinburgh (1822) to placate the Scots who had been defeated in the 1746 Battle of Culloden.

    Scott planned a series of pageants to be attended by all the important clan chiefs and notables in Scotland. Each wore the kilt chosen and designed for its clan. Even the portly king wore a kilt as a gesture of solidarity.

    The emergence of the kilt, after the post Culloden Dress Act proscribed its wearing, united Highlanders and Lowlanders in national identity and became an iconic symbol for Scotland. Today the kilt is worn with great pride.

    The new small kilt (as opposed to its predecessor known as the great kilt) evolved with stitched down pleats and bright colors made from modern rather than natural dyes. Its colors and patterns are registered to a specific clan.

    Most clans offer a selection of different colors with names such as modern, ancient, muted, weathered, dress, hunting attached to the clan name. But even the “ancient” color combination did not exist 200 years ago.

    My favorite is McCrea weathered. What is your preferred family tartan?