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The Proper Method of Wearing the Sash for Ladies

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.

Wearing the Sash

Our thanks to Art Wilson Sr. for providing this information.

Doreen 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".



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