18th Century kilt and sporran
Wandering around the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh last Saturday with three generations of my family, my attention was caught by this painting of the young John Campbell, 3rd Earl of Breadalbane, painted in 1708. Although I have seen this painting before, the X Marks site and, particularly, Matt Newsome's writings have made me much more aware of the box-pleated kilts .... now I see them everywhere!
If I am not mistaken, this great kilt appears to have three or five finely-pressed box pleats on the front apron. Also noteworthy are the three tassels on the sporran which appear to be made from golden cord rather than leather.
It's coming yet for a' that,
That Man to Man, the world o'er,
Shall brothers be for a' that. - RB