D. R. Munroe Scottish Gentleman

D. R. Munroe
Scottish Gentleman
10" x 3" x 2.5" (approx.)
Polychromed wood

This Scottish gentleman by D. Munroe is perfectly attired in traditional Highland dress.

The kilt is a tartan associated with the royal House of Stewart, and is also the personal tartan of Queen Elizabeth II. This tartan cannot be worn without the express permission of the Queen, however, the Scottish Register of Tartans observes that in practice, due to its popularity, it has become a universal tartan, which can be worn by anyone who doesn't have their own clan tartan. "In the same way that clansmen wear the tartan of their chief, it is appropriate for all subjects of the Queen to wear the Royal Stewart tartan.

The Highland jacket is shorter than a regular jacket with gauntlet cuffs and front cutaway for wearing with a sporran. A remnant of the old medieval belt-pouch, the sporran (from the Gaelic meaning purse) is a wallet that is used to hold personal items. They come is all shapes and sizes, although the smaller, less ornate day sporran similar to the one on this carving, with three furry tassels is the norm.

A sgian-dubh, a small, single-edged knife, is tucked into the top of the kilt hose with only the upper portion of the hilt visible.

This gentleman is wearing the kilt shoe of choice the Gillie Brogues. They are a black, heeled, tongue-less, and often hole-peppered shoe. They originate from rudimentary leather shoes worn in Scotland with holes to help let water leak as their owner stomped across the bogland.

And to top it all off Mr. Munroe has added the Balmoral bonnet, a knitted, soft wool cap with a flat crown. It is named after Balmoral Castle, a royal residence in Scotland.