Vestiarium Scoticum; From the Manuscript Formerly in the Library of the Scots College at Douay

Vestiarium Scoticum; From the Manuscript Formerly in the Library of the Scots College at Douay

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ... of habit in which the Highland dress, like every other, possessed a diversity for various purposes and seasons. This is noticed by Lesley, who, at the same time that he mentions " parti-coloured mantles," adds----" Habebant etiam, cujusmodi Hibernenses et hodie sibi placent villosas stragulas, alias ad iter, alias ad lectos accomodatus."'' It was a garment derived from the community of habit which existed among all the ancient people of Great Britain; and its peculiar manufacture, identical and remarkable in the figure of the native Irishman given by Speed, ' and of the Highland Chief in the " Recueil des Habits," is illustrated by a very early writer, as having " on the outside a shaggy nap woven like braided hair."' This is exactly its appearance in the above-mentioned representations; and being incompatible with the definition of chequered colours, it was made only in one. But at the same period that the frieze mantle was worn as a defensive garment, tartan was cotemporary, in finer materials. The Welsh had their "Brycan,"5 the Highlanders" and Irish7 their "Breacan," and the Lowland Scots their Tartan. Hence, in the entries of the Royal Wardrobe and Treasury, mention is made of "ane hieland mantill of bla/cfreis,"" and "heland tertaine to be hoise to the Kingis grace," twenty-four years before the time of which Pinkerton doubted its existence in the Highlands. But when, farther, he disregarded its indication in the figure of the Low Country Scot, and pronounced its absence because the stripes of a pair of trousers were drawn only one way, he did not wish to observe, that owing to the labour of more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123674893X
  • 9781236748935
  • 2,255,041