The info in the attachment was originally
put out by a respected member of Clan MacLeod. He mentioned he was indebted to Messrs.
Anderson & Sons, Ltd., I believe Anderson is located in Scotland. Also mentioned is
that the info was taken from careful study of old portraits, prints, and traditional
practice, and appear with the authoritative approval of the Lord Lyon, King Of Arms.
1. Style worn by Clan Women: The sash is worn over the right shoulder across the breast
and is secured by a pin or small brooch on the right shoulder.
2. Style worn by Wives of Clan Chiefs and by Wives of Colonels of Scottish Regiments: The
sash which may be fuller in size is worn over the left shoulder and secured with a broach
on the left shoulder.
3. Style worn by ladies who have married out of their clans but who still wish to use
their original clan tartan: The sash is usually longer than style 1, is worn over the
right shoulder secured there with a pin and fastened in a large bow on the left hip.
4. Style worn by country dancers or where any lady desires to keep the front of the dress
clear of the sash. Perhaps to wear a sash of some chivalric order or any orders and
decorations. The style is similar to the belted plaid and is really a small arisaid.
It is buttoned on at the back of the waist, or is held by a small belt, and
is secured at the right shoulder by a pin or small brooch, so that the ends
fall backwards from the right shoulder and swing at the back of the right.
Our thanks to Art Wilson Sr. for providing this information.
Robinson got in touch to say that "members of
the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society have been granted permission by Her
Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, to wear their sashes on the left shoulder.
This is an honour bestowed upon the Society because she is Patron".