The Kilter Company Ltd

Kilt Facts

Although the realisation may surprise many kilt wearers, Scotland's national dress was invented by an Englishman living in Scotland.

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 Falkirk.
  • 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
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