In a message dated 95-10-01 23:51:54 EDT, you write:
>I learned last year in an anthropology class that the kilt is not
>actually Scottish in origin. Actually a BRITISH lumber man who was doing
>work in Scotland in the 1840s invented the kilt in order to help the men
>who wore only very troublesome tunics.---what is the validity of this one???
Sorry Jessica, but I'm afraid I'll have to turn thumbs down on that one! But
then again.....when you say "British" lumber man.....? Have you ever
noticed, when an Englishman does something noteworthy (which isn't very
often) it is written up: "English [scientist] discovers thus and so." But
if its a Scotsman (which it usually is), it is always written up: "BRITISH
[scientist, or what ever] did such and so." So your "British lumber man" is
probably really a Scottish logger and there you have a combination with a
potential for ingenuity that I wouldn't question for a minute!
I assume though, when you talk about the "kilt", you are talking about the
shortened skirt type version that we see today. The forerunner of this was
of course the plad, [Gaelic: plaide] (which I have heard pronounced
"playdee") a large - about 2 yards by 6 yards - rectangular woolen
"blanket" worn by Highlanders of by-gone years in a fashon that gave the
effect of a "kilt" and a tent all rolled into one. This garment, I believe,
is of ancient origin and in some form was probably known in other countries.
It was undoubtedly rather cumbersome, especially when wet, and in Scotland it
must have been wet most of the time. I have often read that when Highland
Scots went into battle they took off their "plaide" and stashed it in a safe
place. This sounds reasonable. Can you imagine the outcome of being engaged
in hand to hand combat while wrapped up in 12 square yards of wet woolen
blanket! It would seem that one would encounter the same uncomfortable
situation at work, especially in chopping down trees and the like.