Although the realisation may surprise many kilt wearers,
Scotland's national dress was invented by an Englishman living
It was developed from the philamore - a massive piece of
tartan worn with a belt and draped over the shoulder - by
English industrialist Thomas Rawlinson who ran a foundry at
Lochaber in the early 1700s and thought a detachable garment
would make life more comfortable for his workers.
- Each kilt is made of about eight yards of material.
- An average worsted wool kilt weighs around six pounds.
- Each handmade kilt takes a total of about 15 hours solid
work to complete.
- There are more than 2000 tartans.
- The most popular tartans are the Stewart tartans, Black
Watch, Dress Gordon and the Flower of Scotland.
- The oldest tartan is the Falkirk tartan, which dates
to around AD245 and was discovered in a jar of coins near
- The first named clan tartan was Murray, in 1618.
- The first tartan on the Moon was the Macbean, worn by
Alan Bean on Apollo 12 in November, 1969