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18th Century inn abandoned during Clearances is unearthed – The Scotsman

I feel a time travel trip coming on.  😉

The Wilkhouse inn as depicted in John Kirk’s 1772 map of the old Kintradwell Estate, Sutherland. PIC: Map courtesy of National Library of Scotland. Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/18th-century-inn-abandoned-during-clearances-is-unearthed-1-4666340

Drone footage of the site of the old Wilkhouse inn near Brora, Sutherland. PIC: Courtesy of George Gunn. Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/18th-century-inn-abandoned-during-clearances-is-unearthed-1-4666340

The hearth which contained the ashes of the last fire lit at the old inn around 200 years ago. PIC: Contributed. Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/18th-century-inn-abandoned-during-clearances-is-unearthed-1-4666340

Source: 18th Century inn abandoned during Clearances is unearthed – The Scotsman

 

How Highlanders Came to Wear Kilts

Bagpipers in kilts marching

Kilts are traditional garb from Scotland, right? Well, that’s not quite the whole story. In an article from 1858, William Pinkerton noted that ancient Highlanders and Irishmen, both Celts, generally went bare-legged and wore a long, baggy shirt dyed yellow with autumnal saffron. Over this, they wore an untailored woollen cloth which also served as a sleeping blanket. The cloth wrapped around and gathered into folds which stopped somewhere below the knee. Sometimes they also wore animal skin, especially deerskin. So how did the tailored, pleated kilt come to signify Scotland? And why do so many men, Highlanders or not, wear it these days—either to formal events like Christmas and New Year parties, or even daily?

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Source: How Highlanders Came to Wear Kilts | JSTOR Daily

J.L. JARVIS