- My hubby wants to be a Scotsman. Hasn't narrowed down a time yet but I
was thinking of the late 1200's since it was such a nice turbulent
time in Scottish history. Anyway.... while reading a book of British
history I saw a photo of the statue of William Wallace. I know of
course that most of Braveheart was b.s. but the statue intrigued me.
You can tell he's wearing a shirt -- there are sleeves and a collar
but you can also clearly see his rippling abs. There's a belt and then
below that he is either wearing two kilts -- the top one not pleated
and the bottom one box pleated or the shirt goes down to about 2 or 3
inches above the box pleated kilt. does anyone know which is the case?
I understand if this statue was put up years and years later, the
chances of the clothes being wrong are pretty good. Does it seem
accurate to anyone? He also wore a cloak, not too long and Roman
Mary aka Vivian (till the name gets approved)
- Mary aka Vivian wrote:
> My hubby wants to be a Scotsman. Hasn't narrowed down a time yet but IHe'll doubtless want to visit the Medieval Scotland website
> was thinking of the late 1200's since it was such a nice turbulent
> time in Scottish history.
<http://medievalscotland.org/> and the Medieval Naming Guide for
Scottish names <http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/scottish.shtml>. (The
latter isn't only for names; its introduction includes good information
on the various cultures present in Scotland at various points in time.)
He might also find some useful information at
in chapters 2 through 4 of Peter N. Williams' brief history of Scotland
> . . .I saw a photo of the statue of William Wallace.. . .You can tellNeither.
> he's wearing a shirt. . .There's a belt and then below that he is
> either wearing two kilts. . .or the shirt goes down to about 2 or 3
> inches above the box pleated kilt. does anyone know which is the case?
I'm not sure what William Wallace' ethnic background was, and as
Scotland has always been multi-cultural you need that information in
order to even guess at what any given person wore. But since the kilt
was invented in the early 18th century
we can be sure Wallace didn't wear that.
There's not a great deal of information available on daily life in
Scotland in the 12th century. The little we have on Scottish Gaelic
clothing is summarized in the article at
c=8&d=117&e=&a=134&w=2>. Those in the English- and
Norman-French-speaking communities dressed much like members of the
same communities in England, by all accounts.
Barony of Bryn Gwlad
Kingdom of Ansteorra