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I Wear a Kilt

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    After wearing a kilt a few times hiking in the local woods, I knew that this was for me. I am certainly not Scottish. Like everything I do, I just jumped right in and ordered my...
    Tincanar Tincanar 56-60, M 3 Responses Jan 10

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    Wearing Tartan Undertrews - I first started to wear a kilt when I was 8 years old. It was a Douglas tartan kilt and had been made for my older brother by an outfitter in Edinburgh...
    kiltpants kiltpants 56-60 10 Responses Jun 28, 2009

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    Success! - After many years of non-kilting (not since his university graduation) elder son has now adopted wearing the kilt for formal/semi-formal occasions! Interestingly, he's...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 4 Responses Dec 19, 2013

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    Kilt To School - When I was in primary school, I fell and tore my trousers. My mum sent me to school the next day with my kilt (that I wore to Sunday school etc) on with my...
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses May 21, 2012

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    Reminiscing - Met up with a few old friends at the weekend (alas getting older and sadly fewer!) and as often happens on these occasions the conversation turned to our time in the...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 4 Responses Mar 17

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    Clan Macfarlane - I am John Alasdair Charles McFarlane. I wear a kilt (partly) because I have a fantastic family history. The Macfarlane clan story is rich in tales of cattle...
    obcar13 obcar13 51-55, M 2 Responses Oct 8, 2010

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    Dancing On Ice - Beautifully choreographed Scottish dance routine on the show, female skater in mini kilt, male in kilt, and unusually for (a) a non-Scot and (b) a show dancer he...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 3 Responses Jan 26

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    I was in Rome for the Rugby on the 22nd February 2014, and saw hundreds of men in kilts. There was the usual mixture of standards in dress sense, from ragamuffins to really smart...
    chanterone chanterone 66-70, M 3 Responses Mar 2

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    School And On - I was brought up in the late 50s and through the 60s in Aberdeen. During that time I wore the kilt every day from about the age of 4. In those days you wore what...
    Trewscotsman Trewscotsman 46-50, M 3 Responses Oct 3, 2012

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    Introduction to Kilt Wearing. - I was introduced to wearing the kilt at a very early age but was about six years old when i was given my first kilt, a hand-me-down from an older...
    kilterjohnnie kilterjohnnie 66-70, M 13 Responses Mar 20, 2009

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    Casual Kilting - They say even in Scotland you only see kilts for ceremonial events or maybe football/hogmany etc. and not as casual 'instead of jeans' wear, but I have been...
    kiltboy kiltboy 26-30, M 6 Responses Dec 23, 2011

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    Kilts and Funerals -Those with long memories will doubtless recollect a debate that took place some time ago in this forum where the adviseability of wearing the kilt to a funeral...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 12 Responses Dec 9, 2013

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    Christmas Night Out - Well, the work Christmas night out has been arranged, so that's another excuse (not that I really need one) to get the kilt on. Can't wait.
    countzer0 countzer0 46-50, M 6 Responses Nov 14, 2013

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    The Kilt - I love wareing kilts   , I wanted one when I was younger but my parents would not get me one , I had a freind who wore kilts at home , I was also in the scouts...
    discovery60 discovery60 46-50 3 Responses Jun 5, 2009

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    None here either - Visited Aberdeen yesterday with Mrs T principally to see the Scotland's Tapestry on display at the Art Galleries - not a kilt in sight - don't think the Dress...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 3 Responses Apr 3

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    Kilties Meetings - It would be great to meet any other kiltwearers in Scotland to socialise for a day. Any time I wear my kilt out during the day I'm always on my own. It attracts...
    kiltieman kiltieman 61-65, M 14 Responses Jul 7, 2010

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    Season's Greetings - With best wishes to one and all for a happy Christmas and a happy, prosperous and kilted New Year in 2014!
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 5 Responses Dec 23, 2013

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    Happy New Year - A happy New Year to all, whether you be a kilt wearer or simply a kilt admirer! Hope you all watched the annual new year concert from Vienna on BBC2 - Vienna...
    scottishkilt scottishkilt 51-55, M 5 Responses Jan 1

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    Hiking In A Kilt - I got my first kilt about a year ago for hiking. Once I wore it on the trail, I never looked back. I now own 2 kilts, (one for hiking and one for more formal...
    kiltedhiker kiltedhiker 46-50, M 3 Responses Oct 17, 2012

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    Dundee - Is Dundee becoming the kilt capital? I was passing through Dundee last week and stopped off at a shopping estate for a short t&p break. Browsing in an electronics shop I...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 4 Responses Jan 27

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    Well Burn's Night is only a week away. Bearing in mind that I live in York now, I've three Burn's Suppers next weekend. Friday and Sunday with friends and one on The Day...
    Rasy Rasy 56-60, M 1 Response Jan 19

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    Scottish Country Dancing - it's official, Scottish Country Dancing is good for you! A recent study reported that Scottish Country Dancing, with its various twists, turns, varying...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 2 Responses Jan 20

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    Hillwalking - I was brought up by  energetic parents. I climbed Ben Wyvis (easter Ross-shire) when I was 4. Six years later I accompanied my family to the summit of Ben Nevis...
    obcar13 obcar13 51-55, M 13 Responses Oct 7, 2010

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    Commonwealth Games Tartan2 - First look at the uniform to be worn by the medal bearers at the Games - tartan looks much nicer and more muted than that seen before, but then again...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 3 Responses Mar 27

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    I have at least 4 kilts Made by Kilt This, look for them on Facebook or Google their web site. Their kilts are very good! ;)
    Iwanttolovetoo Iwanttolovetoo 41-45, M 1 Response Dec 28, 2013

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    Dressed to kilt in NY cancelled - seems to be for illness.... http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2014/04/02/dressed-to-kilt-show-cancelled---new-york-tartan-week
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 1 Response Apr 3

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    New Zealanders Get Something More To Gossip About - I have just begun wearing my new kilt in New Zealand, for no other reason that it is my national dress and since I am a Scot I...
    Alexanderstreet Alexanderstreet 66-70, M 1 Response Nov 16, 2012

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    Christmas do today, so that's the kilt on and I'm ready to rock.
    countzer0 countzer0 46-50, M 2 Responses Dec 17, 2013

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    The Kilt For Walking - I live south of the border, but of course remain very proud of my Scottish heritage. I have never regretted investing in a kilt on one of my many holidays in...
    fightingmac fightingmac 41-45, M 12 Responses Jan 15, 2012

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    Murrayfield - Reports from the national stadium indicate that despite the chilly breeze on Sunday there was a good turnout of kilts, both adults and kids, at the Scotland-v- New...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 5 Responses Nov 12, 2012

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    When To Wear The Kilt - As I have expressed before, I love wearing my kilt, or at least one of them, as I currently have four.  I have worn my kilts throughout my life from...
    ijarobb ijarobb 70+, M 10 Responses Jan 18, 2010

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    Sporting Events In Scotland - 3 New Tartans The first is the official Ryder Cup tartan, designed by the tartan weaver, the second is the official Commonwealth Games tartan...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 4 Responses Mar 7

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    Real Men Wear Kilts - My Father-in-law was the site manger for the Arizona Ren Faire and I wanted to work out there because I thought it'd be fun and I could use the extra $. They...
    Ubersearch Ubersearch 36-40, M 3 Responses Jul 23, 2007

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    Commonwealth Games - yet another tartan! Following on the unveiling last year of the official Commonwealth Games tartan (which most here generally accepted as being pretty dire...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 12 Responses Jan 19

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    A dream. Last night I dreamt that they had sent me on a leadership course which for some reason was held in an oldfashioned charabanc. The thing was that I was the only one there...
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 1 Response Mar 29

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    OLD Kilts - hi I have worn a kilt since 1948 and the first kilt is still being worn by my son do not think trousers would have lasted as long!!
    JAGGYTHISTLE JAGGYTHISTLE 70+, M 5 Responses Mar 12, 2009

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    Why/when The Kilt Became Scotland’s National Dress – Part 1 - In several contributions to the “Kilted Soldiers” story, it was suggested that historically the adoption of...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 8 Responses Jun 18, 2012

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    Airport - While waiting at airport for my flight to be called I observed a man sitting opposite staring at my legs so I decided to have a bit of fun I opened my legs a little and...
    JAGGYTHISTLE JAGGYTHISTLE 70+, M 3 Responses Jul 22, 2013

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    Edinburgh - Just back from a couple of days staying over in Edinburgh and once again saddened by the dearth of kilts visible in our capital. Apart from the usual busking pipers...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 3 Responses Mar 6

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    My Kilt, The Dilemma, Pants On Or Off - I got the kilt on , the knee length socks , the sporran, the jumper, the heavy brogues, I was going on a ten mile walk in highland...
    kiltysissy kiltysissy 46-50 6 Responses Jun 30, 2011

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    Another Great Day for the KiltBeing a beautiful, bright sunny day took full advantage by getting out walking morning and afternoon, wearing my kilt for all to see as they rushed...
    mahsud mahsud 70+, M 4 Responses Jan 2

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    Kilted Soldiers - Kilts have an incredibly strong military heritage, and there can be few things that fill most Scots with more pride than seeing our soldiers marching through the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Jun 7, 2012

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    Free Drinks In France! - Several years ago when I was on holiday in Brittany - it was mid-summer, very warm, and I was wearing just a T-shirt and shorts - going in to a cafe the...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 4 Responses Jun 10, 2013

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    When is a kilt too short? I've a cheaper kilt that I mainly wear around the house. It has been cleaned a few times, and has lost a bit of length. It sits just about on top of...
    Rasy Rasy 56-60, M 4 Responses Jan 22

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    In The Beginning My first kilt was for my aunt's wedding. It was attached to a semmit and they supplied tailored green undershorts called trews. Later I had a proper kilt with...
    Addison1 Addison1 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 29

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    Wearing A Kilt In Edinburgh - I had not worn a kilt for many years - I now live in England, where I would feel altogether too conspicuous going about kilted - so, when I recently...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Sep 13, 2012

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    Knickers In The Sporran - The sporran is normally a place for wallets hipflasks and phones, I was later to find it had a different purpose as an underwear locker. I began the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 15, 2012

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    Christmas Parties - Christmas is here again and I remember getting dressed in my kilt for parties  the girls were dressed in there party frocks and the boys in suits or kilts...
    kilt1 kilt1 51-55, M 19 Responses Dec 10, 2010

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    UK Weather - OK, so who was brave (foolish?) enough to venture forth kilted today?  Not me, that's for sure, although I can recollect several occasions when I was younger (much...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 7 Responses Dec 5, 2013

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    Story part 3. A few months since part 2, and a couple of months since my last post, so it's time I wrote another story. I left off in November, having grown up and handed my kilt...
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 1 Response Mar 25

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    On the subject of kilts becoming more popular, we attended the same venue, in Malton North Yorkshire, for Burn's Night as we did last year. There were four of us kilted last...
    Rasy Rasy 56-60, M 2 Responses Feb 4

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    My Kilted History - Part 3 - The Saga Continues - All change again!  Now 10yrs on, due to work requirements I have moved home, now to a more rural location, but the kilt has...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 5 Responses Apr 18, 2011

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