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    Yet Another Scottish Headgear Question

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    Kilmarnock, Balmoral?, Bonnet? Whatever you call it, this headgear was discovered in the same shop as the Royal Highland Fusiliers ToS I posted last week.

    The dicing is red, white and dark green, which I read was also used on the RHF glengarry, as well as some other regiments.  I just don't know which regiment wore a bonnet like this.  Being found in Texas, there is also a likelihood of Canadian use.  There are numerous small holes along the dicing and just above it, which may be where a rosette was sewn, a badge was attached, or it could be just wear and moth nips.  I can't tell. The lining has been cut out, the same as last week's ToS. The blue material is shapeless and is only off to the side in the photos because I don't know how it was originally shaped.

    I eagerly await your learned opinions!

    Thanks in advance,




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    Pretty sure the Seaforths wore a bonnet with this dicing.  I seem to remember that the shape of the cut of the end of the ribbons was (in some cases) unique to each battalion.  One of the Seaforth battalions wore a swallow-tail cut. 




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      Balmorals wih diced bands were worn in No. 1 dress by a number of  Scottish regiments for a brief period after WWI but they were fuller in the crown and shaped as traditional bonnet. Moreover  although I am not entirely certain about this, I don't believe  in general those bonnets were worn with  hanging ribbons.

    I think a Highland Regiment of Canada is more likely,  and I would guess the 1940s period  (unless it is from WW1). Post-war, the  traditionally shaped bonnet  came back into favour in Canada   as well.







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    Odulf points out an important phenomenon: there are probably as many present and former pipe band members and 'clan' members in North America as the aggregate total of all the militia types, if not regulars, who served in Canadian and British Highland units between and since the two great wars.  And all of them wore some type of Scottish headgear.

    OTOH, almost every piece of gear including head dress I've ever seen which was issued to or purchased by soldiers was labelled - stamped, with sewn in labels or at the very least with inked in names or initials.  So, while this may very well be military, I suggest that absent evidence such as that just mentioned, we're thrown back on the Scottish legal verdict of 'not proven'. ;)  

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    My apologies, for what ist is worth,  that last post should have read "Balmorals with diced bands were worn in No. 1 dress by a number of  Scottish regiments for a brief period after WW2."

    Point taken about non-military wear. Anyway, we shall probably never know!

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