Kilts in Texas?

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by Mac, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. Mac

    Mac Moderator Premium Member

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    Brethren, I was curious to see how many Texas Masons are willing to sport the Scottish National Dress. I'm purchasing my first kilt next week, but I realize that showing up to Lodge in it might raise a few eyebrows.

    This also seems like a good time to share an anecdote about a good friend and brother. I was his Master of Ceremonies for his EA degree, and he showed up at the appointed time... wearing a kilt. I jokingly asked "you're wearing underwear, though, right?"

    His response: "Why would you do that? It's a kilt."

    One of our more interesting nights. ;)
     
  2. Beathard

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    Used to wear one while playing bagpipes.
     
  3. Jacob Johnson

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    I own several kilts, traditional and the cotton Utilikilt type. I'll wear one to lodge once in a while. Apparently, Texas is actually one of the highest selling states for kilt companies. I'll say that it's one of the best ways to beat the heat!
     
  4. Mac

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    What do you wear with it as a coat? I've been looking at the traditional argyle and prince charlie jackets, and they're pretty expensive. I'm trying to find a student budget friendly alternative.
     
  5. Jacob Johnson

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    actually, I took an old sportcoat, cut it to kilt jacket length, and sewed it back up. but, TBH, I don't often wear a jacket with my kilts. But then, I'm content to wear a kilt with a T-shirt, lol.
     
  6. relapse98

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    Our musician at New Braunfels 1109 usually wears a kilt. He got a few raised eyebrows when he first started coming and you gotta watch him and make sure he closes his knees or crosses his legs.
     
  7. Brent Heilman

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    I still want to get one sometime in my famiy's tartan. There are so many to choose from. As you can see from my avatar my family is descended from the Stewart Clan.
     
  8. Mac

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    Well I'll be ordering my kilt probably tonight or tomorrow. I'm excited!

    Still have to figure out what to wear up top. There's at least one other local brother who wears one, so I'll be asking him to show up to a meeting with me.
     
  9. Bro. Stewart P.M.

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    My Brother from another Mother!! The Royal Tartan would also be my first choice!
     
  10. gnarledrose

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    For any brothers who aren't of Scottish descent or who don't want to choose between family tartans, there's always the Universal Masonic tartan (http://www.utahgrandlodge.org/freemasons-universal-tartan.html) Brothers in Salt Lake will wear the full outfit and let me tell you, it's a VERY striking and memorable sight-- Makes ya proud to be a Mason, moreso than usual.
     
  11. Brent Heilman

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    It can throw people of with my last name. Both my mom and I are adopted. Since I found out some of the family history it is exciting to know how far the family name goes back. So far I have taken the genealogy back to Robert the Bruce. It is all pretty exciting. I love the Royal Tartan but I also like the Hunting Tartan.

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  12. Mac

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    Good point, brother. This is the very tartan I intend to wear. I have a family tartan, but I feel more closely connected to my masonic family.

    I'm assuming the fly plaid is overboard for most events, but I might get it for the big ones!
     
  13. Brent Heilman

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  14. Jacob Johnson

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    I like that one also. Either one look nice but like I said earlier I am partial to the Stewart Tartans. There are a great number to choose from. My question I am curious about is would any tartan be acceptable for Masonic functions?

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  16. Mac

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    I don't think there's anything close to a regulation as to what you can and can't wear at a Masonic function. If I make it to Grand Lodge this year, we should make it a point to be in kilts one day. ;)
     
  17. Brent Heilman

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    I would love to have a kilt. My wife doesn't think I would wear it. I have wanted one for a while but never had anywhere to wear it other than Sottish Festivals. I did wear one for one of my friends weddings. He married a native Scot so all of the grooms party wore them with the Prince Charlie jackets. Very classy indeed. I would join in wearing one to Grand Lodge but I am in Oklahoma. Properly worn they are about as classy as you can get.
     
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    Sad thing is I think that is just for the kilt. From the looks of it there are additional costs for the jacket, sporran, hose, shoes, and the other accessories.
     
  20. Mac

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    Yes, that is accurate. This is part of the reason I've decided to go with a more economical kilt for now. Maybe after graduation, I'll consider the whole shebang.
     

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