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Scottish Wedding Dress

Highland Dress

The Origins of the Scottish dress as we know it

It was in the August of 1822 when what we still refer to as Highland dress started its move centre stage to become the national dress of Scotland.

Wedding Groom, and Groom's Father

Before this the Scottish Highland Dress, of course has a long history. The original covering of the Highland male was the Celtic feile-breacan or belted plaid. It was a piece of tartan cloth four yards long and two yards wide folded around the waist and held in position by a belt. The lower part fell to the knees and the upper part was drawn over the left shoulder leaving the right arm free for action. In due course the upper and lower parts of the plaid would be separated, the feile-breacan now becoming the feile-beag and the lower part with it's folds stitched eventually became the kilt.


The plaid became an item of dress also worn by ladies, as Edmund Bert writing in the 1720s would point out:

' The plaid is the undress of the ladies; and to a genteel woman, who adjusts it with good air, is a becoming veil. It is made of silk or fine worsted, chequered with various colours; is brought over the head, and may hide or discover the face according to the wearer's fancy or occasion; it reaches the waist behind; one corner falls as low as the ankle on one side; the other part, in folds, hangs down from the opposite arm'.