A History of Clergy Tartan

It is well known that in olden times the Clergy of the Highlands wore the Highland dress and carried arms. In the 18th century a Skye clergyman attended church dressed in full Highland garb carrying a two-handed sword and followed by his servant carrying bow and arrows. In earlier times many attempts were made to prevent Highland clergy wearing tartan and to force them to wear conventional ministerial habit. These, however, had only limited success. The Clergy tartan is sometimes called "The Priest's Sett", but in the Highlands is known as "Breacan nan Cleirach" the tartan of the Clergy.


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