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Clan Crest Kilt Pins


Do you know the real story of Scotland's kilt pin? Before the reign of the Queen, the Scottish kilt was worn without the pin now used to secure the fold over on the right-hand side. As a result, there were many embarrassing moments especially if you wore the kilt in a high wind. The truth was that nothing in the nature of undergarments was worn with the kilt.

One day Queen Victoria arrived on a visit to Balmoral Castle and reviewed the Gordon Highlanders. A stiff wind was blowing and one young soldier at rigid attention was unable to control the flapping of his kilt and to avoid exposure on this momentous occasion. The Queen noticed his embarrassment and walked over to him. She removed a pin from her own dress and leaning over, pinned the overlap of his kilt.

And that - believe it or not - is the origin of the kilt pin, without which no kilted Scot would be properly dressed today. The kilt pin is not pinned through the outer flap and the inner kilt. It is pinned just to the outer flap of the kilt and acts as a weight. This saves the pin from breaking trying to hold the two materials together.

If you have a highly treasured kilt pin and do not want to lose it you can sew the hilt on the kilt pin to the flap.