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Message 21956 · Llyn · 19 Jul 2000 18:18:55 · Top

I relaize that this is a Highland list, but I'm hoping that some of you
do Country Dance also. My query is this...we have our annual Ball coming
up in September. The theme is pre-1850's, costume recommended. What did
SCD'ing ladies wear during that time frame, or to be more precise, what
can I get away with! LOL! Anyone have any www resources for Scottish
costuming for that era? Any replies will be met with enthusiastic thank
you's.
Yours, aye!
Llyn

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Message 21965 · B. G. Charlton · 21 Jul 2000 02:59:20 · Top

G'Day, All,

There have been several questions and comments about what was worn in tim=
es
past.

I ahve a copy of 'Traditional Dancing in Scotland' by Flett & Flett. On t=
he
front cover is a picture which has (quote) detail of ' A Highland Wedding=

at Blair Atholl 1780' by David Allan. If I remember right, in the rest of=

the picture (not shown) is Neil Gow playing the music.

There are two couples in the picture. One of the men is shown frontal and=

he has tight tartan (pink & white) trews which show all his legs from wai=
st
to ankle (Almost like panty hose!). He has buckled light-weight shoes and=

red ribbons tied just below the knee. He has a grey fur sporran with red
edging to the flap, three tassles and a red waistband. He has a white
waistcoat and a knotted ribbon at the neck. He is wearing an unbuttoned
brown jacket with silver buttons down each side. On his head is a black
beret-type hat (is that the Glengarry or the Balmoral?), with a red & whi=
te
band and red 'bobble' on top.

The other man is shown back view. He is in diced red & white hose to the
knee, with dark light-weight shoes. He has a green and red kilt with the
hem well above the knee and is split towards the rear, so that his bare
thigh can be seen almost up to the waist. He has a green jacket, with a
slit from the waistband downwards. He is wearing no hat.

By the way, the first man is snapping his fingers and probably the second=

man and the ladies too.

The ladies are dresses in long skirts - to just above the ankle. They ha=
ve
white hose and black light-weight shoes, the nearer lady's shoe has a low=

heel. The nearer lady has a jacket with elbow length sleeves, showing
lace(?) at the cuff and it is open, but the front is not visible. She has=
a
light-coloured scarf (or else it is the collar of either the jacket or
blouse under the jacket). This scarf or collar drapes to her shoulders an=

down her back. She has a red necklace and is wearing a pink ribbon round
her head, with bows at both front and back.There is also the end of a lon=
g
piece of material hanging down from her waist. The other lady does not
appear to have a jacket, but her top is also elbow length. She is wearing=
a
yellow and red scarf and has a white full head covering, similar to those=

worn by some nuns (not the 'winged' type).

I hope this description is clear.

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I relaize that this is a Highland list, but I'm hoping that some of you
do Country Dance also. My query is this...we have our annual Ball coming
up in September. The theme is pre-1850's, costume recommended. What did
SCD'ing ladies wear during that time frame, or to be more precise, what
can I get away with! LOL! Anyone have any www resources for Scottish
costuming for that era? Any replies will be met with enthusiastic thank
you's.
Yours, aye!
Llyn<

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Message 21967 · Dewdney Andrew · 21 Jul 2000 11:20:25 · Top

oh! yes please!!! just imaging walking down the street to a Ball in
that little lot!!!!

> There are two couples in the picture. One of the men is shown frontal and
> he has tight tartan (pink & white) trews which show all his legs from
> waist
> to ankle (Almost like panty hose!). He has buckled light-weight shoes and
> red ribbons tied just below the knee. He has a grey fur sporran with red
> edging to the flap, three tassles and a red waistband. He has a white
> waistcoat and a knotted ribbon at the neck. He is wearing an unbuttoned
> brown jacket with silver buttons down each side. On his head is a black
> beret-type hat (is that the Glengarry or the Balmoral?), with a red &
> white
> band and red 'bobble' on top.
>
>
>

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