Kilts in Texas?

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

  1. Brent Heilman

    Brent Heilman Premium Member

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    Yeah I would like to get one of the real nice ones but like you it will have to be economy for me.
     
  2. Txmason

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    kilts

    Where can I get a kilt? Also how could I get one with my family colors? As I am 1/4 Irish. How much do they cost?

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  3. Brent Heilman

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    There are several places on the internet where you can get them. Most will have a fairly large selection of tartans to choose from. If your family name is a common one there will be more than one to choose from. My family is from the Stewart Clan and I think that that clan alone has somewhere in the area of around 20 or so different tartans, and possibly much more. One good place is www.usakilts.com. Also is you do a Google search youo can find many more. As a ballpark the traditional kilt is made with about 8 yards of fabric and come in different weights for different climates. Also a traditional one will be made of wool. You can ballpark it at around 50-60 dollars a yard. Of course they will offer a variety to meet most budgets. Hope this helps.
     
  4. Nate Riley

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    I have no intention of ever wearing a kilt, but I wanted to say that the Grand Lodge of Scotland has some cool stuff in their store, including a flask that is nothing less than awesome and should be in my collection soon.

    Sorry for the distraction, you boys can go back to talking about your skirts, I mean kilts!:001_tongue:
     
  5. Mac

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    Hey, my wife bought me a flask with my surname and a S&C on it. It's classy, and another reason I love that woman.

    Call it what ya will, but a kilt allows me to enjoy a nice breeze on a hot day way more than shorts do. ;)
     
  6. Bro. Stewart P.M.

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    Amen Brother!!!
     
  7. jwhoff

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    I guess I'm willing.

    But I ain't sure you boys are ready.:eek:hmy:
     
  8. MikeMay

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    Re: kilts

    There are several places to get good quality, low cost kilts...

    http://www.utilikilts.com/ The everyday Kilt for those who want to wear one daily.
    http://www.usakilts.com/ The more traditional Kilt, lower cost but still high quality but their primary is the "5 yard" kilt.
    http://www.sportkilt.com/ Most of the Men who participate in the Highland games use these.

    Since you're Irish... http://www.sportkilt.com/product/1101/Kilt---Irish-Revenge-(U)-Sport-Kilt.html
     
  9. Mac

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    I actually bought mine at the Frugal Corner, and it came in shortly after I started this thread. I wore it to Lodge (and out of the house) for the first time last night, and it went over well!

    One or two people were not fans, but overall I would say the brethren thought it was cool, especially when I explained that it was the Universal Freemason tartan. Some assumed it was Scottish Rite, which gave me a chance to explain. ;)

    I don't think I'll wear it every meeting, but maybe for degrees!
     
  10. Brent Heilman

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    Just out of curiosity how much was it?

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  11. Mac

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    The kilt itself from the Frugal Corner was 95. But I got the kilt, sporran, belt, and buckle (with square and compass, of course), shipped, for around 160.

    I have a local tailor hemming a tailcoat to go with it. She sells used tuxedo items, so the jacket is running me $45. I'll upgrade to a Prince Charlie sometime in the future as the budget allows. The Prince Charlie and Argyll jackets I've seen all seem to start at $150.
     
  12. Brent Heilman

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    Wow! That's not bad at all. I have been looking for one for quite a while and never found anything around my price range. I will have to check it out. Thanks for the info.
     
  13. Mac

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    I should admit that the kilt is a little long. It goes juuuuust past my knee, which violates the rule of only going half way past the knee.

    Here's a picture with my ugly mug removed.

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    Edit: I should point out that this picture was taken from an angle above level. It looks like my socks go under my kilt, but they definitely don't. You can just barely see the bottom of my knee when I'm standing in front of you, and the socks are a few inches down from that.
     
  14. Mac

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    I think I'm going to look into getting a kilt and fly plaid in the clergy tartan from SportKilt.com next. The prices are similar (just a little bit higher), but the products have good reviews and they can even put pockets in the kilt. I perform weddings on the very rare occasion, so having highland dress available would be nice.
     
  15. Jacob Johnson

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    I've checked out Frugal Corner a few times. I haven't bought one of their kilts yet, but the Universal Freemason tartan is the one I was looking at. Is it the PV material? How does it feel? Is it heavy enough for "winter" wear?

    I've been a customer of Stillwater Kilts for some time now, and I do recommend their wool kilts. Best deal on the net for a wool kilt off the rack, hands down.
     
  16. Mac

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    It's definitely some kind of synthetic, and I think I've seen it described somewhere as PV. As far as being heavy enough for cool weather, I think it'd be fine. I'm actually hoping to wear it more when the weather is a little more reasonable down here. I can think of several descriptions of how I felt in the humid heat before lodge... none of them appropriate for here.

    Pro-tip: Seriously, you learn to appreciate the breeze when you're wearing one of these things. ;)
     
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    The Stewart Hunting tartan is the Boyd tartan, so named from a famous painting of James the second. The painting is of the monarch with dogs and horses and Dean castle in the background, Boyd tartan on his horse. It was a favorite hunting ground of the Stewarts for many generations and the home of his favorite aunt, Marion. The Boyds were the source for Royal Horses from Bannock Burn all the way up til Culloden.The Boyd, Stewart, and Bruce all descend from the Seniscal of Dol, hince the similarities of their arms and confusion of their tartans. The clan just approved a new Formal tartan that I hope will be available in kilt form soon. It kinda makes me want to be a Knight of St. Andrews.
     
  18. Mac

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    I just joined the KSA's down here. I believe we sport the Bluebonnet tartan on a sash.
     
  19. Scott J

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    Been following the conversation here and must say that it is very interesting to say the least.

    You fellas got me thinking, I can't afford a kilt right now and especially not an entire outfit. So, I started thinking, why not order a yard or two of material and make a tie. It would be asn easy way to show your pride/heritage and a lot lighter on the bank account.

    Just thinking.

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  20. Brent Heilman

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    There are also several places I have seen that have ties and such in just about any tartan that you might want.
     

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