Collectanea de Rebus Albanicis: Consisting of Original Papers and Documents Relating to the History of the Highland and Islands of Scotland

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T.G. Stevenson, 1847 - Highlands (Scotland) - 444 pages
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Page 47 - Few besides Gentlemen wear the Trowze, — that is, the Breeches and Stockings all of one piece, and drawn on together ; over this Habit they wear a Plaid, which is usually three Yards long and two Breadths wide, and the whole Garb is made of chequered Tartan, or Plaiding : this, with the Sword and Pistol, is called a. full Dress, and, to a well-proportioned Man, with any tolerable Air, it makes an agreeable Figure ; but this you have seen in London, and it is chiefly their Mode of dressing when...
Page 38 - ... of divers colours, which they call Tartane ; as for breeches, many of them, nor their forefathers, never wore any, but a jerkin of the same...
Page 48 - The plaid is the undress of the ladies; and to a genteel woman, who adjusts it with a good air, is a becoming veil. But as I am pretty sure you never saw one of them in England, I shall employ a few words to describe it to you. It is made of silk or fine worsted, chequered with various lively colours, two breadths wide, and three yards in length ; it is brought over the head, and may hide or discover the face according to the wearer's fancy or occasion : it reaches to the waist behind ; one corner...
Page 31 - ... defence against cold. They made also of linen very large shirts, with numerous folds and very large sleeves, which flowed abroad loosely on their knees. These the rich coloured with saffron, and others smeared with some grease, to preserve them longer clean among the toils and exercises of a camp, which they held it of the highest consequence to practise continually.
Page 37 - Lycurgus had been there, and made laws of equality; for once in the year, which is the whole month of August, and sometimes part of September, many of the nobility and gentry of the kingdom (for their pleasure) do come into these Highland countries to hunt; where they do conform themselves to the habit of the Highlandmen, who, for the most part, speak nothing but Irish; and, in former time, were those people which were called the Red-shanks.
Page 26 - In the Accounts of the Lord High Treasurer of Scotland in August 1538, we find the following entries regarding a Highland dress made for KING JAMES V., on the occasion of that Monarch making a hunting excursion to the Highlands: — ITEM in the first for ij elnis ane quarter elne of variant cullorit velvet to be the Kingis Grace ane schort Heland coit price of the elne vjllb summa xiijub xs.
Page 38 - I found many of them armed for the hunting. As for their attire, any man, of what degree soever, that comes amongst them, must not disdain to wear it ; for if they do, then they will disdain to hunt, or willingly to bring in their dogs ; but if men be kind unto them, and be in their habit, then are they conquered with kindness, and the sport will be plentiful.
Page 48 - The ordinary girls wear nothing upon their heads until they are married or get a child, except sometimes a fillet of red or blue coarse cloth, of which they are very proud ; but often their hair hangs down over the forehead, like that of a wild colt. If they wear stockings, which is very rare, they lay them in plaits one above another, from the ancle up to the calf, to make...
Page 294 - I thought fit to annex the ceremony of proclaiming the Lord of the Isles. At this the Bishop of Argyle, the Bishop of the Isles, and seven priests, were sometimes present ; but a Bishop was always present, with the chieftains of all the principal families, and a Ruler of the Isles.
Page 38 - With these arms I found many of them armed for the hunting. As for their attire, any man, of what degree soever, that comes amongst them, must not disdain to wear it ; for if they do...

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