Scottish Boys' Clothes: Activities


Figure 1.--This postcard features a boy with a coronet. There is a book beside him titled Coronet Method Arban. It was taken by Johnston of Motherwell in Scotland. Presumably the boy is testifying to using the book to study the coronet. He looks rather an okdr boy, perhaps 17 or 18 years old and wears a short pants suit. I am not sure about the date, but would guess about the early 1920s.

Scottish boys participate in the same range of activities as do boys in other countries. Here there is a graet similarity with England. Scottish boys will dress simalrly with English boys for church, dance, holiday celebrations, music, play, school, Scouts, sport, and a host of other activities. Sport is especially important and the clear preference among boys is football (soccer). One difference would be the kilts that Scottish boys wear for Highland dancing at either Highland gatherings or other events. One difference from England is the absence of important coirs. Some cottish boys also used to wear kilts for church, but this is now less common except for boys at private schools. Scottish Cubs tend to dress like English Cubs, bit some Scottish Scouts wear kilts when dressing up for special occassions. This includes religious services and special events like weddings.

Similarity with England

Scottish boys participate in the same range of activities as do boys in other countries. Here there is a graet similarity with England as noth countries are part of the United Kingdom. We mention this because more work has been done on England. Scottish boys will dress simalrly with English boys for church, dance, holiday celebrations, music, play, school, Scouts, sport, and a host of other activities. Sport is important and the clear preference among Scottish boys, as in England, is football (soccer). One difference would be the kilts that Scottish boys wear for Highland dancing at either Highland gatherings or other events. One difference from England is the absence of important choirs. Some Scottish boys also used to wear kilts for church, but this is now less common except for boys at private schools. Scottish Cubs tend to dress like English Cubs, but some Scottish Scouts wear kilts when dressing up for special occassions. This includes religious services and special events like weddings.

Specific Activities


Beaches

Scotland is a small country with an extensive coastline. And there are also numerous offshore islands. No place in Scotland is more than an hour or two from the coast. There are beautiful wide beaches in Scotland as well as isolted rocky coves. Much of the coast is unspoiled. The beaches have dunes and golden, sands. While the beaches are beautiful, the water is rather cold, even for hardy beach goers. There are notably beautiful nature sites, untouched pine forests. Tghere are rugged cliffs covered with gannets to delight bird waters. Marshland attract migrating geese. While the beaches if one wants to swim have limited appeal to vacationers, Scotland's wildlife opportunities have considerable appeal. There are numerous beautiful beaches which have a very special charm. These are not the beaches crowded with warm water seeking tourists. Rather than hectic, the Scottish beaches are calming and a wonderful nature experince. Often there is not another beach goer in site, but you might see a seal or on a lucky day an otter. Many of Scotland's best beaches are hidden away in isolated, remote areas and thus require considerable effort if ones wants to see them. And of course there is always the chance of experiencing an Atlantic or North Sea gale. When the sun shines, however, the Scottish beaches are spectacular.

Choirs

One difference from England is the absence of important choirs. This ids lrgely because the Anglican Church that sponsors most English choirs is the English Church of Englnd. The Reformatuioin went much further in Scotland and therev is no boy choir tradituion in the more austere Calvanist tradition of the Scottish kirk.

Dance

One difference would be the kilts that Scottish boys wear for Highland dancing at either Highland gatherings or other events.

Music

This postcard features a boy with a coronet. There is a book beside him titled Coronet Method Arban. It was taken by Johnston of Motherwell in Scotland. Presumably the boy is testifying to using the book to study the coronet. He looks rather an okdr boy, perhaps 17 or 18 years old and wears a short pants suit. I am not sure about the date, but would guess about the early 1920s. Scottish children play the same instruments other European children play. The only major difference is that many Scottish children learn to play the bagpies.

Play


Religion

Some Scottish boys also used to wear kilts for church, but this is now less common except for boys at private schools. Some Scittish boys wear kilts for religious services and special events like weddings. Scotland is a largely Scottish country. The Scottish Reformstion plsyred an impprtant role in British country. There were a few isolated areas of Scotland that remained Catholic. Many Scottish Catholics areItrush families in Glasgow. Thus a number of Scottish boys do First Communions, but only a few do it waring kilts.

School

Scotland as part of the United Kingdom has basically followed prevailing British school uniform styles. Standard school uniform styles in England and Scotland are esentially the same. It would not be possible be difficult to identify British and Scottish school boys. There have been, however, some differences. In addition, as a more traditional part of the country, changes often occur more slowly in Scotland than in England. The major difference is of course the kilt. We are not sure to what extent the kilt was worn in the 19th century at bloth state and private schools. We do know that in the 20th century that most Scottish private schools adopted the kilt as their dress uniform.

Sports

Sport is important and the clear preference among Scottish boys, as in England, is football (soccer).

Youth Groups

The world's first uniformed youth group was born in Scotland--the Boys'Brigade. The Boys'Brigade soon became primarily an English group and Scouting with its more secular appeal became the primary uniformed youth group in Scotland. The Scottish Cub and Scout uniforms were quite similar, the primary difference being that Scouts wore kilts. Cubs could also wear kilts. bit it was not as common. Scottish Scouts, but not the Cubs, also wore destinctive headwear. We do not know, however, how popular these groups were in Scotland. HBU knows of no other important Scottish youth group. Scottish Cubs tend to dress like English Cubs, but some Scottish Scouts wear kilts for formal occassions.

Outings

As in othr countries there are a wide range of outings in which children are involved. Thes can includ bisits to parks, picnics, hikes and much more. One activir=ty especially associated with Scotland are the Highland Games.







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Created: October 19, 2002
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