The London Scottish Regimental Gazette, No. 919, July 1972

SIR. BONNIE BLUE KILTS AN’ A* I was interested in your editorial request for information regarding tile Mclan “ M aclntire ” print, and I hope that the following may be of some interest to you. a According to Logan, some high* landmen wore plain coloured kilts to avoid prosecution under the Proscrip­ tive Act of 1746 (he also mentions that some sewed up their kilts through the middle to turn them into a form of breeks). b lie mentions that Boswell saw a MacLeod in Skye dressed in a kilt of the colour shown in 1773. and obviously it was decided that M clan should show a similar kilt. I woulj think that the choice of the MacIntyre figure was quite an arbitrary one. c Interestingly enough, Buchanan, writing in 1582. comments that tartan cloth lost some popularity and that plain garments were being worn, par­ ticularly brown, to blend with the landscape — he also mentions purple and blue as being two other favourite colours. You call the colour midnight blue, which is fair enough — Logan says indigo. There were two or three plants used to produce the indigo/ purple/blues but I ’m afraid that 1 can't recall offhand which ones; how­ ever, if you care, I can soon look them up. d Plain kilts had a certain popularity among the hunting, shooting and fishing set in Victorian times. There is a painting by Landseer of the Prince Consort wearing one at Loch Muick. sometime in the 1850's. I know that Scott Adie's were making them from time to time in the period just before the last War. e May I gently disagree with you over the binding of the King Penguin? I think that you will finj the tartan is Duncan — the Forfar family (LorJ Camperdown was one of them). f I have mentioned Logan particu­ larly because lie did the literary side of the book — an artist himself, he was no mean scholar and published “ The Scottish Gael " in the early part of the last century, and it is still a standard work of its kind. Finally, may I thank you for pro­ ducing the opportunity for me to brush up a bit — I have had to rely on memory as some of my books (including M clan and Logan) went astray in Tobruk in the mid-fifties. If 1 can answer any other queries I shall be only too pleased to do so. N. G. MACDIARMAID- GORDON. Copthorne House, Copthornc Road. Croxley Green. Rickmansworth, Herts. |Again. we arc most grateful to another rea ter for this information an j we think that other readers, and even experts, will be grateful to add to their knowledge of Scotland's national Highland dress.—ED.) SIR. BLUE KILTS I write in answer to your question about M clan's plate of a MacIntyre. The book ol reference to consult is " The Setts of the Scottish Tartans " , recorded by Donald Cakler Stewart, published by Oliver and Boyd. Tweed- dale Court. Edinburgh or 98 Great Russell Street. London. WC. in 1950. This work is based on researches made over many years by Calder Stewart's father. D. W. Stewart. M clan’s plates are not very accurate as a guide to tartan, very useful as a guide to forms of dress though, various irregularities have been perpetuated by weavers taking M clan as a guide, notably in respect of the MacMillan and Buchanan tartans. Of M clan's figure of a M acIntyre Stewart says, " M acIntyre wears a plain purple kilt, the explanation given being that James Boswell observe.1 a MacLeod so clad during his visit to Skye in 1773.” Stewart lists two tartans under Mac­ Intyre and Glenorchy. the one under M acIntyre alone, being the generally accepted one nowadays goes back to the “ Vestiarium Scoticum " by John Sobieski Stuart. 1842. It is probable that the use of the M acIntyre tartan as cover design for the King Penguin book was dictated more by problems of registering the colours in the three-colour printing process than for any other reason. BERNARD O. COX. (2nd Bn 1939-45). 78 Shaftesbury Road. Wilton. Salisbury. Wilts. (Again our thanks, especially as we feel other readers will have learnt information to interest and assist them. — ED.| Ministry of Defence Police There are vacancies for Constables in various parts of the United Kingdom. The pay is good. Starting salary for a Constable is £1,070 rising to £1,524. Free pension scheme, paid overtime and three weeks' holiday a year. Promotion prospects are excellent. Preference is given to ex-Servicemen and those about to leave the Services. Interested ? Then if you are aged 19 to 49, at least 5ft 7in tall and physically fit, fill in the coupon and send off today. — — — — — — — — — — « — ji To : Chief Constable . Ministry of Defence Police 0 Empress State Building I London SW6 1TR ^ N am e..................................................................................................... f jj Address................................................................................................. j j 1 I ¦ County............................................................................ Aged......... 1 Please send me full details y rtsase sena me t u i i oeiaus ^ Page 143
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