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    Sporran Etiquete

    Thanks all for such helpful responses.

    The bride will be rapt as she is an "out there" girl and has already given the seal of approval for the Kilt etc. Was disappointed in fact when I wore the Ramsay Blue (hunting) to my nieces wedding as she thought I was saving it or her wedding. I reassured her that her wedding was under control as I had only worn the Ramsay Blue, with hunting sporran and a Ghillie shirt and no jacket etc as it was an outdoor casual afternoon wedding as opposed to hers which is very formal in a castle and listed as "Black Tie'

    She is unaware of the Sporran change -until this one turned up I only had the hunting one similar to Steve's- so it will set it all off nicely I think being "Father of the Bride"

    I note McMUrdo that you have your belt on the outside o your jacket in one o the photos, I had not seen this before, pray do tell the story behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamish Ramsay View Post
    I note McMUrdo that you have your belt on the outside o your jacket in one o the photos, I had not seen this before, pray do tell the story behind.
    Hamish, I'm wearing a Balmoral Doublet in the photo. The Duke of Rothesay and a few others wear one as well. As it is an older style doublet, mine is from 1911 btw. The belt is worn with it as is the custom with other doublets like the Montrose. Here are a few photos









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    Nathan looks grand. I love the colour of the doublet, the hose are perfect, and, if I may say so, he looks much better without the beard. No offense, Nathan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McMurdo View Post
    Hamish, I'm wearing a Balmoral Doublet in the photo. The Duke of Rothesay and a few others wear one as well. As it is an older style doublet, mine is from 1911 btw. The belt is worn with it as is the custom with other doublets like the Montrose. Here are a few photos








    Wasn’t the belt over doublet originally supposed to be so a dirk could be worn for formal occasions, or am I wrong?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamish Ramsay View Post
    Having inherited/discovered in trunk in back room a very nice horsehair Sporran I was considering keeping it or formal occasions such as our daughter's wedding next year.

    ...I am a traditionalist...
    "Traditional" is defined in various ways. The definition I liked best (I'm paraphrasing)

    "A traditional thing goes back to an unknown origin, and survives to this day through an unbroken process of evolution."

    In other words traditional things are still in current ordinary use. If something went out of use at some point in the past it's a historical thing. Historical things can undergo Revival, and such revivals can come into modern ordinary use. But they're still revivals, not a surviving Tradition.

    I define "traditional Highland Dress" as the form of dress that stabilised in its current form by around 1930.

    Long hair sporrans were the main sporrans worn in all modes of Highland Dress in Victorian times (civilian Day Dress, civilian Evening Dress, and military dress) but around World War One were replaced by small round pocketlike leather sporrans, small animal-mask sporrans, and revived Culloden sporrans.

    Evening Dress was different! Yes by the 1930s the long horsehair Victorian sporrans were considered passe by many, having been replaced by small round sealskin sporrans.

    But even to this day it's not uncommon for men to wear long hair sporrans in Evening Dress.

    It would be perfectly fine to wear to your daughter's wedding.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamish Ramsay View Post
    I have read that this type of Sporran is usually only associated with military/pipers.
    Yes this is a common attitude. Through the Victorian period long hair sporrans were worn by civilians and military alike. In the army they were worn by pipers, drummers, riflemen, sappers, indeed by the entire Regiment.

    However by the 1930s long hair sporrans had fallen from favour entirely for Day Dress and though still considered acceptable for Evening Dress weren't seen as often as the new small sealskin Evening sporrans.

    They soldiered on, literally, in the Army, and with civilian Pipe Bands who wore military-style uniforms.
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