The Kilter Company Ltd

Kilt Facts

There is a rumour going around that Scotland’s national dress was invented by an Englishman living in Scotland. This is not the case.

What we know as the kilt today ‘the small kilt’ ,was developed from the philamore – a massive piece of tartan worn with a belt and draped over the shoulder. There are early references to this ‘small kilt’ being used by the military – English industrialist Thomas Rawlinson who ran a foundry at Lochaber in the early 1700s adapted this idea. He thought a detachable garment would make life more comfortable for his workers. He wasn’t the first though.

  • 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
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