Gathering round: Weekly Photo Challenge

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A favourite photo taken at a friend’s son’s wedding in Edinburgh several years ago: all these handsome men gathered around the bride. The groom and his men are all in the same tartan. If you look closely, you can just see him taking the bride’s arm.

They wear the kilt with a sense of honour and tradition, tho’ this style of kilt didn’t evolve till the 1600s, when the earlier length of plaid was gathered into pleats and fastened around the waist. All the other additions like sporran, socks, brogues etc came later and reflect individual taste.

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I think Scots women have a genetic disposition to notice a man in a kilt. There’s an immediate reaction as to whether he’s wearing it too short or too long. Eyes are dawn to his hips, his good legs and that sporran … well … it’s really a purse to keep the car keys in.DSCF0912

 However, that decorative, wee sharp knife, called in the Gaelic “Sgian-dubh” (skee- an- doo), is a remnant from the four centuries ago, a gesture to friends to show that the only weapon he carries is not concealed …

Of course, there was a great music and dancing at that wedding. Boy, did they make those kilts swing!

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Reference:

http://www.scottishdance.net/highland/MakingKilt.html.

https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Sgian-dubh

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/gathering/

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All text and photos by Meg

Story Twigs the Imagination! by Meg Philp is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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11 thoughts on “Gathering round: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. Went to Edinburgh once in 1986 and happened upon a parade up the high street to the castle. What a glorious bit of serendipity! Later went to a highland games in Aberdeen. Love the pageantry, the tradition, the wildness (and my McFarland clan)!

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  3. There is nothing like the sight of a man in a kilt! One of the best weddings I attended was one I wasn’t even invited to. I happened to be visiting Ruthin Castle in Wales, and heard the bagpipes and a single drum–oh, that is enough to stir the blood. We peeked from the sidelines, and it was very moving, and beautiful. Your photos are great, Meg–thank you for sharing!

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