Tuesday, July 31, 2012

On the Highland Trews

"... the trews was undoubtedly the ancient dress of people of condition or of any respectability both in the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland; it was more especially worn by persons on horseback often without boots; it was commonly made of a kind of chequered stuff called Tartan though sometimes of stuff of one colour only. It completely supplied the place of breeches and stockings covering the feet the legs and the thighs. As a winter dress, particularly in time of snow, it was reckoned infinitely preferable to the kilt. When the trews were worn upon a journey, the plaid was carried over the left shoulder and drawn under the right arm."

On the Highland Dress
Sir John Sinclair
October, 1796

A highland warrior I am painting wearing his finest tartan trews.

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