Bryan, This is excellent information! Could you give me a little more
complete citation on your source? I need publishing/copyright date and ISBN.
I'm not sure when the Highlanders adopted the old flat Scots bonnet, I'm
going to go look again at McClintnock's and some other sources. However,
what you wrote below is fascinating! I knew it was an evolution of the
style. We have to remember that many of the European cultures were wearing
similar type hats beginning in the renaissance period.
I'm wondering if the British style flat cap (which I love to wear) has any
relation to the Scottish Balmoral Bonnet? Any ideas?
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From: "Bryan McAlister" <Xxxxx@xxxxxxxx.xxxxx.xx.xx>
> The traditional cap of highlanders was a round flat blue bonnet fitted > to the head with strings running round the inside and large enough to be > "scrugged" or pulled down over the ears in bad weather. > > This was standard military head-dress but as it was flat it made the > wearer seem small so it was "cocked" or set up by inserting a stiffer > piece of material to make a pill box shape. (see photos of Crimean war > soldiers). > > In time it became obligatory to attach pieces of bearskin in imitation > of the Grenadiers, fur gave way to feathers and eventually became the > modern feathered bonnet. > > The bonnet was issued to soldiers in its flat form and soldiers bought > the feathers and foxtails which hang down the right side. Until the > 14-18 war Highland regiments had an amount stopped off their pay for > upkeep of feathered bonnets. > > A bonnet cocked but without feathers was known as a hummle bonnet, > nothing to do with the word humble but after the term used to describe a > stag without antlers - a hummle stag. due to the cocking this was round > in shape and difficult to carry. > > In 1822 during the visit of George IV to Edinburgh the clansmen of Col > Alasdair Ranaldson McDonell of Glengarry appeared in hummle bonnet > pressed flat, being flat it could now carried conveniently in a > haversack and was eventually taken into wear by 79th Highlanders as a > forage cap. Thus it became the Glengarry. > > All the above gleaned from "Music of the Scottish Regiments, by David > Murray, publisher The Pentland Press Ltd. > > The dates do not run entirely sequentially through it but it seems to > cover the topic. > -- > Bryan McAlister > > -- > Bryan McAlister <Xxxxx@xxxxxxxx.xxxxx.xx.xx> > >