Thursday, February 24, 2011

Traditional Scottish kilt and weaponry

Check out this video, which demonstrates how to put on a traditional Scottish kilt (the type known as a "great kilt", or "belted plaid").  It looks very much as described in Diana Gabaldon's books.  "Undignified" being a good word to describe the process of getting into one. <g>

There's also some demonstration in this video of traditional Scottish weaponry: sword, targe, and Lochaber axe.  Very entertaining! 



Thanks very much to Sini on Compuserve for the link! If you're fascinated, as I am, by what things mentioned in the OUTLANDER books really look like, you'll enjoy this video.

UPDATE 2/27/2010 8:58 am:  Here is another demonstration of how to put on a kilt, courtesy of Arlen, a Scot who recently started posting on Compuserve.  This video is definitely worth watching!



There's more discussion of traditional kilt-wearing on Compuserve here if you're interested.

12 comments:

Cari said...

That was fascinating, Karen, thank you very much for posting! I couldn't understand what he was saying some of the time, but I think I got the gist.

lesley said...

hi karen
i posted this same link on m-0-p a couple of weeks ago as i really enjoyed watching it,and i too found it fascinating.if you listen carefully he mentions - oxters - a word i,d never heard of till i,d read the boooks(and will forever now be synonomous with jamie :-) )
hope the new jobs going well?
:-)

Karen Henry said...

Cari:

Glad you enjoyed it!

Karen

Karen Henry said...

Lesley:

Are you the same Lesley who posted on Compuserve today for the first time? Glad to see you over here as well.

I hadn't heard "oxters" before I read Diana's books either.

And yes, the new job is going great so far, thanks for asking!

Karen

Cynthia H. said...

Very interesting video, Karen...thanks for posting!

Bri said...

Thank you for posting this, it explains so much (I always wondered where Jamie was getting the extra fabric to wrap up both himself and Claire!)!

Anonymous said...

SUPER! Thanx, Karen.....Carla

lesley said...

hi karen
yes thats me. i wanted to join for ages but am always a bit hesitant about being the new one anywhere, a particular post yesterday spurred me into action though as the very same thing spoken about had just happened to me.
-and i,m now whispering as i,m in awe because diana answered my 2nd post-
i,m glad the job is going well
:-)

Karen Henry said...

Cynthia - glad you enjoed it!

Bri - yes, this is one of those "picture is worth a thousand words" situations, don't you think? I now have a very clear picture of what Jamie and Roger would have looked like, putting on their belted plaids. (Roger wore one in FIERY CROSS. Remember Bree laughing and saying to Jemmy, "Pretty Daddy!") FWIW, Diana says Jamie's normal kilt is not this style, but rather the military style "little kilt" with the plaid as a separate piece of cloth. That's what he used to wrap around himself and Claire.

Carla - you're welcome! Glad you enjoyed it.

Lesley - It's a thrill the first time you get a response back from Diana on Compuserve, no question! She's amazingly responsive to questions, so don't hesitate to post again.

Karen

Karen Henry said...

I just wanted to draw everyone's attention to the second video in this blog post, which I added today. It's definitely worth watching. Thanks, Arlen, for taking the time to do that for us!

Karen

Anonymous said...

I love this guy! If I ever find myself "at a ball or at a general hootenanny", I'll know how the men should be wearing their kilts properly! Also, keeping "one arm free for fightin' or drinkin'" is a must! That was outstanding. Thanks, Karen.
-Terri A.

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