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The Secret History of: the Scottish kilt

With the exception of the Loch Ness monster, no other Scottish icon is as enigmatic and contentious as the kilt. Read on to discover why

DESPITE SUGGESTIONS TO the contrary in Braveheart, the kilt is not the timeless, ancestral dress of all Scotsmen. Before it was enshrined as part of Scottish national dress in the 19th century, it divided opinion across the country. The majority Lowland population tended to think of it as barbaric, calling its bare-legged wearers ‘redshanks’, while Highlanders in turn saw trousers as ‘unmanly’.

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