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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

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It was the last thing he expected, and the last thing she wanted.

Newlywed Isobel Shaw lost everything. The king’s men seized her property and killed her husband. Turned out of her home, she sets out on foot for her family’s estate in the Highlands of Scotland.

Highland rake Charlie MacDonell is on his way home. After five years abroad as a mercenary soldier, he has realized he’ll never outrun his troubled past. When he meets Isobel on the road, she assures him she’ll manage quite well on her own. He admires her stubborn self-reliance but refuses to leave her alone and defenseless.

As they travel together, he finds himself wanting more. To his surprise, she’s immune to his charms—and he’s helpless to hers.

J.L. JARVIS